From historic choices to radical coverage modifications, the 8-year rule of the Modi authorities is characterised by a number of watershed actions.
One key side of the Modi rule on the Centre has been the political consolidation of the BJP. Within the Modi period, India has witnessed a tectonic shift in its political panorama, spurred by the fading footprint of the Congress and the electoral dominance of the saffron get together.
Listed here are 8 political highlights of the final 8 years of Modi rule …
Capturing key states
The BJP has expanded its footprint from simply 6 states in Might 2014 to 17 states in 2022.
Since 2014, the BJP has managed to win energy within the politically essential state of Uttar Pradesh — not as soon as however twice, swept your complete northeast area the place it barely had any presence earlier than 2014 and clinched essential northern states.
Furthermore, in key states like Bihar, the BJP is now the senior NDA companion with a better seat share than its ally JD(U).
Regardless of some electoral setbacks in states like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, the BJP’s total good points have been quite spectacular.
Presently, the get together guidelines over a inhabitants of roughly 70 crore folks and has chief ministers in as many as 12 states.
Uttar Pradesh conquest
The BJP’s electoral successes of the previous few years would have lacked the punch had it not been for its dominating present in Uttar Pradesh.
It began with the BJP’s buoyant efficiency within the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when it received a historic 71 out of 80 seats.
Within the subsequent 2017 state elections, the BJP wave swept the state once more because the get together received a historic mandate with 312 of the 403 seats.
Going into the polls and not using a CM face, the get together reaped the fruits of Prime Minister Modi’s recognition on the nationwide stage. In essence, the voters gave a giant thumbs as much as PM Modi who proved to be too powerful to beat for even a star alliance comprised of Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi.
In 2019 too, the BJP repeated its dominating present in UP, profitable 62 of the 80 seats.
And within the just lately held meeting elections, the saffron get together — led by CM Yogi Adityanath this time — scripted historical past by profitable a consecutive time period, albeit with a depleted seat share.
Dilution of grand previous get together
PM Modi gave the decision for a “Congress-mukt” Bharat within the run-up to the 2014 election. Within the final 8 years, the saffron get together has left no stone unturned to show that right into a actuality.
The BJP’s meteoric rise within the final 8 years has inversely proportional to the Congress’s steep decline.
Within the final 8 years, PM Modi has used each platform to distinction his authorities’s efficiency to over 60 years of Congress rule, and helped his get together win essential elections in states the place the grand previous get together as soon as held sway.
As a consequence of elements like BJP’s 24×7 politics, PM Modi’s mass attraction and inner squabbles, the Congress now finds itself ruling simply two states in 2022. Examine this to 2014, when it was in energy in 13 states, both by itself or with the assistance of allies.
20+ years in workplace
Modi might have accomplished eight years because the Prime Minister of India however he was no stranger to ruling even earlier than 2014.
With 8 years on the Centre and over 12 years because the chief minister of Gujarat, PM Modi has been within the workplace for a steady 20-plus years.
This has additionally made him the longest-serving head of an elected authorities (state & Centre) amongst all of the prime ministers who’ve preceded him.
In all, PM Modi has been in energy for a complete of seven,541 days.
Setbacks in Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan
Regardless of making deep inroads within the nation, the BJP suffered a number of electoral setbacks alongside the way in which.
In Maharashtra, the saffron get together misplaced its grip on energy in 2019 regardless of profitable the elections after its long-standing ally Shiv Sena snapped ties with the get together. In Rajasthan, the Congress managed to topple the get together and Vasundhara Raje’s rule, albeit with a slim margin.
Equally, in 2015, the get together misplaced energy to the Grand Alliance (JD(U) + RJD + Congress) in Bihar. Nevertheless, it managed to come back again to energy in 2020 after Nitish Kumar joined palms with the BJP once more.
However maybe the largest setback for BJP got here in West Bengal final yr when it did not topple the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC authorities.
The hard-fought elections, which got here through the peak of the second wave of the Covid pandemic, put the political energy of each the events to check. The BJP pooled all its assets to tackle the mighty Mamata on her residence turf.
Regardless of huge enhancements in its seat share (from 3 in 2016 to 77 in 2021) – owing to the depletion of Congress and Left – the BJP did not dislodge Mamata.
The BJP’s growing footprint has coated virtually all of India, besides the South the place the get together has but to make inroads.
The 5 states of South India — Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala and Karnataka — elect 129 MPs to the Lok Sabha. Within the Lok Sabha elections of 2024, these 5 states can play a giant position in forming the federal government, so it has change into essential for the BJP to extend its assist base in these states.
Since its formation in 1980, the BJP has been repeatedly attempting to extend its base in South India.
Karnataka is the one state in South India the place the BJP has managed to kind its authorities in addition to the Union Territory of Puducherry.
However regardless of all its efforts, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu stay a problem for the saffron get together.
The BJP is set to alter this.
PM Modi has already set his eyes on states like Tamil Nadu, the place the BJP has not loved a lot success. After the vacuum left behind by stalwarts like Jayalalithaa and M Karunanidhi, the BJP is eager to make good points within the southern state.
The BJP prime management additionally has excessive hopes from Telangana with leaders like JP Nadda and Amit Shah often touring the state.
Most bankable politician
Be it state, nationwide and even civic polls, the BJP has milked PM Modi’s recognition to the hilt since tasting victory in 2014.
Even because the Prime Minister, Modi has often campaigned for the BJP in state elections and helped the get together script essential victories over time.
The 2017 UP and Gujarat elections are a living proof whereby PM Modi addressed a whole bunch of rallies to assist enhance the get together’s prospects.
Over the past eight years in energy, PM Modi has usually used the event plank to woo the voters on the hustings, highlighting the varied schemes launched by his authorities.
Rajya Sabha dominance
From closely trailing the UPA-led Congress in Rajya Sabha in 2014, the BJP has no longer solely gone previous its opponents however even secured the elusive 100-seat mark within the higher home a number of weeks in the past; albeit for a number of days.
In 2014, the BJP’s energy in Rajya Sabha was 55. At present, it has 95 members within the higher home.
Within the coming Rajya elections, the get together is prone to retain 20 seats and should find yourself with 91 seats in the home. However with seven nominated seats nonetheless vacant, the get together will hover near the 100-mark once more.
This, together with assist from non-NDA events like BJD, will assist the get together within the essential presidential elections slated for July this yr.