Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to clinch India’s 2019 election?
Made in India | On 12, Jul 2018
In 2019, citizens across India will be heading to the polls to decide on who will be the next democratically elected leader of their nation.
Next year, the people of India will dictate whether their current leader Narendra Modi will remain in power for another term. Modi, leader of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, won his position very decisively in 2014 and has retained a significant amount of popularity throughout the past four years. In that time, the party has managed to generate influence in eight other states, making the Prime Minister a clear favourite in a total of twenty-nine states in total.
Though it looks as though Narendra Modi is a definite favourite against his party’s main opposition, the Indian National Congress, he is indeed not showing any complacency in the lead up to the election. Starting from February of 2019, Modi will be holding a total of fifty rallies across the country. Further, the party has announced that they are already perfecting the platform in which they will run on. Although, as stated, the party still enjoys a significant amount of popularity, it has been widely predicted that clinching a second term will not be a simple task. The Bharatiya Janata Party are struggling to maintain the support of smaller parties as part of their powerful coalition; there is a chance that their opposing parties will form a similar stronghold and, historically, the people of India are as likely to vote a new party in than support their current party for a second term.
The Indian National Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s main opposition, are set to subject Modi to fierce criticism and competition. The Indian National Congress’s leader,Rahul Gandhi, is expected to bring to light many failed promises made by Prime-Minister Modi in 2014. First and foremost, the government did not deliver on their promise to generate more jobs and eliminate corruption in the workplace. Moreover, Rahul Gandhi claims that India needs to be ‘rescued from the hands of incompetent economic managers’- in the past two years, India’s economic growth has plunged dramatically. A goods and services tax implemented by the Bharatiya Janata Party was heavily disliked by the nation-businessmen and small business owners who have traditionally supported the party might be more reluctant to do so in the coming election.
With that said, it is undeniable that Modi is still performing exceptionally well in the polls. If the party is both able to retain their coalition and create a stable and influential platform, it is quite likely that the Prime Minister will enjoy another term in office. But, if recent international politics has taught us anything, the result of an election can be extremely unpredictable. In the end, the only thing that we can be entirely certain about is that this will be an exciting election to follow come February of 2019!