24 June, 2021

Quickening His Strides

What 2013 means is that the Modi-led BJP is advancing

Quickening His Strides

We can split hairs, celebrate or slip into despondency. We can keep asking whether or not there was a Narendra Modi wave, or whether Typhoon Kejriwal rewrote the rules of politics. The big picture is that the Congress washout means, by numbers, this is a huge win for the Modi-led BJP. The looming reality is that the BJP will likely be the single largest party in 2014. Constitutional precedence suggests that President Pranab Mukherjee will in all probability give them a first shot at government formation.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) may excite the imagination, but those who traditionally manipulate the levers of power (particularly in an age of coalitions) would be wary of it. If anyone makes corruption the central issue, inevitably, the business-politics nexus would come into play. The AAP is therefore seen as disruptionist by those atop the economic pyramid. The fact that the AAP has run campaigns against influential business groups and advocated non-payment of electricity bills would make this section squirm.

Modi, therefore, has a better shot than ever before at...

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