The long wait is over! Finally, the BJP parliamentary board has nominated Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for 2014 general elections. He has been the chief minister of Gujarat state since 2001. 3 month back in June, he was chosen to lead the party’s campaign for the election. He is the man who helped Gujarat to become one of India’s most prosperous states. He is a corruption free, efficient administrator and charismatic mass leader from the state of Gujarat. He has a big support base among India’s rising middle classes and business community.
There is no denying the fact that the BJP has played a big gamble by projecting him as a prime ministerial candidate. Nobody knows whether he will bring back BJP into central Government but being a Modi fan, I can tell you 10 reasons why he should become the Prime Minister of India.
Narendra Modi is the most popular Indian leader after Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He connects himself with the youth with his great oratory skill, speedy results and solid performance in the field of governance, economic policies, education and presence in social media. He is the most followed Indian politician in the social media with over 22 lakh Twitter followers. His development record and economic policies are responsible for Gujarat rapid progress in last 12 years.
For the first time in the history of modern India, Indian nationalism which is a dominant middle-class construct, has found voice in Mr. Modi’s brand of politics. Only Modi is the person who can stimulate the urban and middle class to go to polling booth. In a corruption ridden country where the chief source of corruption is the Congress and its leaders, Narendra Modi shines for his impeccable integrity.
He has focused his entire energy on building in Gujarat an able administration and good governance. India has moved on from being a middle-aged, poor country to a young, lower-middle-income country that now wants quick economic reforms and infrastructure development. The new Indian youth does not want freebies, rather he wants jobs, new opportunities and security.
In the opinion polls conducted by leading news agencies and magazines, Narendra Modi is the preferred choice among Indians for the post as Prime Minister in the 2014 general elections.A C-Voter poll suggested that by projecting Modi as the Prime Minister candidate, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) could gain a five percent increase in the vote share. Modi could increase NDA’s seats from 179 to 220.
BJP now under the leadership of Narendra Modi, is trying to firm up pre-poll alliances with regional players such as the Indian National Lok Dal in Haryana, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in Tamil Nadu and the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra Pradesh.
Karnataka leader B.S. Yeddyurappa, who had parted ways with the BJP and floated the Karnataka Janata Party (KJP), is all set to merge with the BJP, most probably by the end of this month. In Jharkhand, efforts are on to make Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) leader Babulal Marandi to merge with the BJP.
Modi’s alleged role in Godhra riots has been an black dot on his clean track record of governance. But the times have changed so does the thinking of Indian muslims. He seems to have regained the faith of the Muslims, at least in Gujarat. Recently, BJP created history by winning all 27 seats of town municipality in Salaya, a Muslim-majority town in Dwarka district in Gujarat.
According to Maulana Mahmood Madani, general secretary of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, the outlook of the Muslims in Gujarat towards Narenda Modi has changed immensely in recent years and Gujarati muslims are changing their traditional mind-set and started believing in the development of country and not just of any religion.
To sum up, I can say finally we have found a leader who delivers. He promises of lesser involvement of government in business, more private and foreign partnership so as to focus on fast growth rates rather than government welfare spending. Although he himself is an OBC, he never played the petty politics of caste. The moral of the story is that there is no better performer than Narendra Modi in India’s political structure.
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