Even as the votes are being reckoned in the General Elections of 2014, the BJP looks set to shape a government on its own, an unprecedented feat for itself and a paradigm shift in Indian government.
Modi’s landslide win was welcomed with a thundering rally on India’s stock markets and jubilant celebrations at offices across the country of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), where supporters danced, set off fireworks and gave out sweets.
The BJP-led NDA appears to be heading for a victory in the Lok Sabha elections with the styles in the counting of votes, turning over the saffron party leads in 257 seats on its own while its allies led in 39 seats.
This election is similar in that it has thrown surprising results and the end of several political strongholds, but is a paradigm shift otherwise from any other poll in that it is not on the cover of any cataclysmic event, but the nurturing of an anti-incumbency mood and combining it with a smart campaign, and interesting social match ups.
Yet with India’s economy suffering its worst slowdown since the 1980s and battling high inflation, it will not be an easy job to satisfy the hopes of millions of Indians who have bought into the idea that Modi will quickly promote their country onto the top table of global economic forces.
Call it a vote in governance, but a big thumbs down certainly in coalition politics, which headed to much paralysis in the insurance sector.
A survey by the IRIS Knowledge Foundation and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) says there are 160 high impact constituencies in India out of 543, which are likely to be determined by social media during the general elections.
Since being appointed as his party’s candidate last September, Modi has flown 300,000 km and addressed 457 rallies in a slick, presidential-style campaign that has worn out the mold of Indian government.