|"Abki baar, Modi Sarkaar"|
Most parties take the average voter for granted. There is a point to that. For a voter, it's very hard to switch loyalties. Some of them have never voted for more than one party all their lives. They believe in the legacy of the party, and feel a sense of wrongdoing when it comes to the crunch moment of switching loyalties. So, every election is defined by swing votes from each constituency; percentage votes that can be swayed by the election campaigns. During the 2014 elections, every vote cast felt like a swing vote, and maybe, has altered the course of Indian elections from now on, forever.
|Elections 2014 - Modi wave|
When Narendra Modi, the biggest polarizing figure in Indian politics, was declared as the BJP candidate for the PM post in the country, it was the start of something that was never seen before in Indian politics. Modi fought the elections in his typical inimitable style using the social media to his absolute advantage. He was there everywhere - Facebook wall posts, regular tweets, revamped personal and party websites, direct messages, emails, TV, web advertising, web casting, 3D holograms and every other technological know how that one can think of. It was in stark contrast to the chaotic and confused campaign led by the Congress. Led is such a wrong word here because there was not a remote semblance of leadership and organization in the ranks. Most of them in the party launched a tirade as to why they should not vote Modi into power.
|Indian Elections 2014|
|Rahul and Sonia Gandhi in the backdrop, and that's where they'll be after the election results|
|The NaMo wave in full swing|
"Are Bhai, mein kuch bhi nahi kartha (I don't do anything). I believe in institutionalization of power. I empower my Ministers completely. We just have weekly meetings, we take decisions and move on. I don't know why everyone credits me for Gujarat development. I just do it with a team of able people. The team does everything and we move on to the next task. Luckily, with God's grace, I have always been blessed with good resource management skills. I will continue to work with teams. That's the only way to achieve large scale success."
Working in a large corporate organization, it's so easy to understand that explanation from Modi. It's so important to work in teams, however brilliant you are individually. And then, you immediately realize that there is a connect, and before you even know, you are 'Modified'.
|India votes decisively|
"Dude, Modi is good. But, he is such a polarizing figure that he will be a liability for the BJP. It'll be hard for him to enter national politics."
Today, the conversation has taken a 180 degree turn.
"Modi is awesome. We are voting only for the sake of Modi. I hope the other leaders in the BJP do not turn out to be a liability for Modi."
Times have certainly changed.
This is the first time in 30 years that a single party has got a simple majority at the Center. The BJP can form a government on its own. They do not have to bow down to the whims and fancies of little known political parties. Modi has defied his critics in spectacular fashion. Media houses which were gunning for his head in the past have towed his line. People who put him down are too stunned to react. Modi, not the BJP, has received the mandate of the people. If there is one person I would place my bets on to turn this country around, then he is the man from Gujarat who will be sworn in as the
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