PM Modi’s popularity, Yogi’s credibility pivotal for BJP’ | India News – Times of India

PM Modi’s popularity, Yogi’s credibility pivotal for BJP’ | India News – Times of India



Agreeing with most exit polls predictions, political strategist

Vimal Singh

has predicted an impressive 350-plus seats for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha elections. Talking to

Pathikrit Chakraborty

, he said that PM Narendra Modi’s popularity and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s efforts during the campaign would ensure BJP’s success in UP . Excerpts:

If BJP wins as exit polls show, what do you think is the biggest factor ?

The pivotal factor in this election, since the announcement of polling dates by the Election Commission, was the absence of a credible candidate for the Prime Minister’s post among the 26 constituents of the INDIA bloc.This apparently resonated across the nation and the people started rallying behind the strong leadership of Narendra Modi. Moreover, the Modi-Yogi factor transcends regional boundaries to a pivotal role in BJP’s campaign. Modi’s global image is an added advantage to the party. This election marked a departure from traditional narratives, with even issues like the Ram Mandir failing to sway voter sentiment.

What about BJP’s performance in the South?

BJP is likely to emerge successful in South India, particularly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The party’s consistent performance in Karnataka, and swift rise in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, can be attributed to Narendra Modi’s stature. South Indian youths perceive Modi as a national leader and reject divisive politics of the Congress and regional parties.

Despite opposition’s outcry over unemployment, inflation, and concerns regarding changing of the Constitution, what are the factors that appear to be working for BJP?

Issues like unemployment and inflation, which form the crux of opposition rhetoric, are far from ground reality. People are demanding reforms, and the Modi govt’s focus on facilitating entrepreneurship through initiatives like startup promotion has resonated with middle and upper-class youth. A large number of youths no longer aspire for govt jobs but seek avenues for entrepreneurship.

How do you assess the political landscape in Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal, and Maharashtra?

In Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav’s emergence may alter the state’s political dynamics in the upcoming assembly elections. The BJP needs to strategize accordingly to counter his influence. In Odisha and West Bengal, desire for change is palpable due to stagnation and corruption. Maharashtra is likely to witness minimal impact from intra-state party divisions on BJP’s vote share.

What do you think about Uttar Pradesh’s role in Lok Sabha polls?

The towering presence of PM Narendra Modi and effective governance of CM Yogi has been attracting voters across the state. BJP’s focus on development initiatives, infrastructure, welfare schemes, and reforms, appeals to broad spectrum of voters. These initiatives aimed at improving socio-economic landscape and enhancing the quality of life of the people. Alliance with regional parties and community leaders would help BJP consolidate its position in key constituencies. BJP’s ground-level machinery, dedicated workers and volunteers have made BJP poll prospects bright.



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