Modi has not said ‘this time we will cross 400’ just like that, there is complete electoral mathematics behind it.


While replying to the questions raised by the opposition during the discussion on the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said with confidence and diligence that I do not get involved in such statistics but I see that the mood of the country is towards the Bharatiya Janata Party. It will ensure that NDA gets 370 seats and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) gets more than 400 seats. This time BJP is giving the slogan of crossing 400 in the elections. BJP had won 303 seats in the 2019 elections. Certainly, the reason behind announcing such a big figure is Narendra Modi’s positive thinking, politics of development and determination for national development, whereas the negative thinking, opposition for the sake of opposition and divisive attitude of the opposition and Congress are the reasons for its continuous weakening. The assessment of seats made by the Prime Minister is only an indication that BJP is completely confident about its third term. He also put an end to the speculations that the opposition united in the form of the India Alliance will challenge him, because the opposition unity has disintegrated.

When Modi talked about his election goals in the Parliament, it filled the BJP workers with energy and provided an opportunity for introspection to the opposition. Congress got a chance to become a good opposition during the last 10 years but it completely failed in this. Not only did it fail itself, it also did not allow some promising people to emerge in the opposition. The people of the country have started realizing the negative and narrow anti-national politics of Congress. How Congress is a victim of negative politics was seen in the Lok Sabha itself when Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary raised questions on the air strike in Balakot. Keep in mind that Pakistan has been raising similar questions. After all, why did he feel the need to join Pakistan’s voice and give a statement that pleases it? This is not the first time, it has been in favor of Pakistan and sometimes China time and again. In the name of opposing Modi, she has been resorting to anti-nationalism.

There are many reasons for this confidence and determination of Prime Minister Modi. A big reason is the BJP’s recent landslide victory in the 2023 assembly elections. Especially the result of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh was beyond imagination. The second reason is that Ramlala’s life-consecration has infused a new enthusiasm among the people. The way the policies for the coming few months have been announced in the interim budget itself, it is an indication that the BJP is quite confident about its victory. There are other reasons for the possibility of a historic and miraculous victory under the leadership of Modi in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, which have pleasant and achievement-filled echoes of the Prime Minister’s tenure, such as the campaign to make the earth heaven after hoisting the victory flag on the moon and the sun. It is going on and we have to move forward towards making India the third economic superpower of the world by writing new stories of development in the national life. India is now moving towards becoming a world leader. The successful completion of the G-20 summit in India on 9 and 10 September last year also shows India’s strong position at the global level. Taking up this responsibility under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi meant empowering India as well as giving the world a new thinking, a new economic base, and strengthening the possibilities of peace and co-existence. The usefulness and relevance of the new education policy announced by the Narendra Modi government is gradually coming to light and the layers of its objectives are beginning to be revealed. BJP is also hopeful because the opposition unity which was being talked about since the middle of 2023 is getting cracks in it. All the opposition parties are ready to contest the elections in their own way and they are at loggerheads with the Congress. Then, wherever difficulties could have arisen for the Bharatiya Janata Party, the party has made itself strong through its continuous efforts, be it Maharashtra or Bihar.

Congress and opposition parties do not have any strong base and issues to oppose BJP and Modi. Actually, everyone’s life is full of many contradictions and inconsistencies. But every day of Congress is being spent amidst many contradictions. Congress’s countdown is going on. Its countdown will go on for a long time. But one thing is deeply seated in the minds of the people that under the leadership of Modi, everything will change, India will become strong, everything will become good and everything will become the best. On the contrary, Congress’s grip on the public is getting loose, there are no fundamental issues in its statements, one hears repeatedly about unemployment, whereas before 2014, the infrastructure budget was only around Rs 12 lakh crore. In the last 10 years the budget has increased to Rs 44 lakh crore. From this it can be estimated how many jobs would have been created in the country. The number of new opportunities that have been created for the youth today has never been created before. Today there is a buzz of startups everywhere, unicorns are in the news. Before 2014, the size of the digital economy was negligible. Today India is the world’s leading digital economy. Lakhs of youth are associated with it and their dreams have gained wings. Similarly, the Modi government has made extensive efforts to provide a respectable life to women and advance their development. One resolution can spread the light of millions of resolutions if someone starts a courageous effort of taking a strong resolution. Certainly, a meaningful campaign to fight against darkness, obstacles and inefficiencies had started in the year 2014 under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi and his third term will be historic from this point of view, this is the growing belief among the general public.

During his tenure so far, Modi has shown how a government with political will can change the direction of the country through its decisions. How can the nation warn neighboring countries while keeping its borders safe, how can self-culture and values ​​be emphasized. Be it Kashi or Ayodhya or similar scenarios of religious and cultural revolution – these appear strange and shocking. The message given by Narendra Modi from Ayodhya should not be seen only from the perspective of electoral gains and losses, but should be seen from the perspective of a strengthening nation. It is especially important for him to say that today’s India is coming out of the inferiority complex with which India was filled due to centuries of slavery. This situation will become the basis for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. Obviously, there are not many days left for the general elections, and the chessboard for both the fronts is more or less laid out. However, on one side there is a well-organized party like BJP, which has a strong leadership and clear vision like Modi. Whereas at present there is a lot of turmoil in the front challenging him. In such a situation, if the opposition camp is not alert, then it would not be surprising if the figures with which the Prime Minister claimed victory turn out to be true.

The Prime Minister has a clear political motive behind not counting the achievements of his government during the last 10 years and taunting the opposition and especially the Congress. Prime Minister Modi knows very well that he should never underestimate his opponent, then in the great battle of the next Lok Sabha elections, the party with which he has to face the maximum number of seats, will make the country aware of its shortcomings, its contradictions, its failures and negative thinking. Putting this before the public is a more effective and psychological way to put pressure on him and prove him weak. Modi is an expert in this and is full of political maturity.

-Lalit Garg

(The author is a senior journalist and columnist)

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