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"We will build 100 smart cities across India. Seemandhra needs a knowledge city that will help people of the region: Shri Modi in Andhra Pradesh"
"I assure those parents whose children work in Gulf & face problems that we will take care of these children of India: Shri Modi in Andhra Pradesh"
"We need a Skilled India but Congress has created a Scam India in the last 10 years: Shri Modi"
"We want to work on a big scale so we also want a Scaled India: Shri Modi"
"This is the same land that refused to bow down to the colonial rulers: Shri Modi in Guntur"
"NTR has done so much for this region. Today his daughter comes to you with a Lotus symbol, please support her: Shri Modi on Purandeswari"
"Give our farmers water and see the wonders they can do. Atalji wanted to link the Ganga & Cauvery. River linking will hep farmers here: Shri Modi in AP"

Shri Narendra Modi avowed of the BJP’s undivided focus on developing Seemandhra, during his rallies across Andhra Pradesh on 1st May, 2014. From making Seemandhra turn into ‘Swarnim Andhra’, to developing a ‘Skilled India’ that could scale new heights of progress, Shri Modi talked about many initiatives to be taken by the BJP towards ensuring the progress of India.

Addressing massive rallies at Madanapalle, Nellore, Guntur, Bhimavaram and Visakhapatnam, Shri Modi stated how the choice between making Seemandhra a ‘Swarnim Andhra’ or ‘Scam Andhra’ lay with the people of the State, and urged them to vote sensibly and wipe out the government (Congress) that had only ruined the State and the Nation. “Those who looted Andhra and those who had to be jailed by their own party, do we want to give Andhra in those hands,” asked Shri Modi to the crowd.

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From the initiative of linking rivers (while recalling Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji’s dreams) to the setting up of warehouses and better transportation facilities for agricultural produce, Shri Modi spoke of promising initiatives that could give a boost to the agricultural sector of the State. “Give our farmers water and see the wonders they can do. Atalji wanted to link the Ganga & Cauvery. River linking will hep farmers here. We also need better cold storage and warehouse facilities for farmers. We can use railways and give priority to what the farmer produces as the produce may later get spoiled,” said Shri Modi. He also emphasized upon better branding and production facilities through value-addition techniques, so as to improve the quality of the produce and enable the farmer get better prices. He also shared his 5F formula – farm to fibre, fibre to fabric, fabric to fashion and fashion to foreign – for the betterment of the cotton producers in the State, apart from emphasizing on the scope for port-led development. “Atal ji dreamt of Sagar Maala. We have to fulfil that dream. We will focus of the development of ports and port cities,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Modi also shared the BJP’s focus on developing Seemandhra as one of the best ‘knowledge cities’ in the country. He spoke of how such initiatives would positively contribute in giving employment to many youth. “I assure those parents whose children work in Gulf and face problems that we will take care of these children of India. We will build 100 smart cities across India. Seemandhra needs a knowledge city that will help the people of the region,” said Shri Modi.

The Congress’ unruly politics was also exposed by Shri Modi who spoke of how they were neither accountable for their behaviour nor bothered to seek the people’s views. He mentioned how the states of Telangana and Seemandhra were formed, but without the consent of the people here. Shri Modi also spoke of how the date chosen (June 2) by the Mother-Son duo for the division of both states coincided with the foundation day of Italy. He also recalled past incidents when the Congress had insulted leaders from Andhra Pradesh, and spoke of how the Mother-Son duo had even insulted Shri P V Narasimha Rao – despite him being from the Congress - by not honouring him after his death. “Narasimha Rao's body was not even allowed to enter the Congress HQ after his death by the Mother-Son,” said Shri Modi. He further exposed the YSR party’s unabashed indulgence in corruption so as to support the corrupt practices of the Congress.

He expressed shock at how the rampant corruption in the present government had labelled the Nation as ‘Scam India’, and shared his vision of making it ‘Skilled India’ instead. This, Shri Modi said, could be achieved by ensuring skill development for the youth and providing them with jobs. “We need a Skilled India but Congress has created a Scam India in the last 10 years. We want to work on a big scale so we also want a Scaled India,” said Shri Modi.

A scathing attack on YSR Congress and its chief Jagan Mohan Reddy was also made by Shri Modi who stated how the YSR Congress Party was formed, not on the basis of any ideologies but because of the Party Chief’s greed to grab the Chief Minister’s chair. He urged the people not to support such parties who did not bother about people’s welfare.

Shri Modi recalled how Shri N T Rama Rao worshipped Lord Venketeswara before every good deed, and expressed happiness that he too could begin his campaigning in Seemandhra by worshipping the Lord.

He affirmed of the Congress’ wipe out in the 2014 Elections, and urged the people to vote for the BJP-TDP alliance in Andhra Pradesh so as to save the State from further ruin. “NTR has done so much for this region. Today his daughter (Daggubati Purandeswari) comes to you with a Lotus symbol, please support her. I have received tremendous affection from Seemandhra, and will never let your affection go in vain,” affirmed Shri Modi.

Senior BJP leader Shri
Venkaiah Naidu, Shri N. Chandrababu Naidu and Shri Pawan Kalyan also spoke at the rallies.

Shri Narendra Modi addressed massive rallies across Andhra Pradesh

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An Epochal Mandate
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Narendra Modi has reshaped the National Political Space

Political Movements at the National Level in India have broadly four schools of origin. The foremost historically was the Indian National Congress and its offshoots which include the present day Congress Party. The Communist movement that owes its origins to the erstwhile USSR and to some extent present day China has practically become irrelevant in India. The Socialist movement that traces its origins to Ram ManoharLohia and Jayprakash Narayan has since splintered into narrow regional or caste based parties with little national weight. Assorted regional parties and recent political upstarts can barely lay claim to any national space. At the national level the political space before India went polls in 2014 was largely dominated by the Congress Party with the BJP mostly looking like a Super Regional Party.

To fully understand the magnitude of the 2014 Lok Sabha results in favor of the Narendra Modi led BJP one needs to recognize how the National picture stands flipped with the BJP occupying the dominant National Political Space stretching all the way across the North and the West while recovering ground down South and making heavy inroads into the East. In stark contrast lies the Congress which is not only down to its all-time historic low tally but has also now been reduced to a super-regional party with practically no presence in the large heartland states.

Congress has been reduced to a super-regional party with no heartland presence

Consider the extent of the Congress wipe-out –

An Epochal Mandate

Starting from Jammu & Kashmir it has no representatives in the Lok Sabha in the Northern States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and the National Capital Region of Delhi. It has been reduced to single digits in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana. To the west it has zero MPs from Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa while Maharashtra its erstwhile bastion managing only single digits presence. In the South the Congress has zero MPs from Tamil Nadu and Seemandhra it has been reduced to single digit presence in Karnataka and Telangana. The Congress has no presence in Lok Sabha from Jharkhand, Nagaland, Odisha, Tripura and Sikkim to the east. Even most Union Territories turned their back on the Congress. The Congress today suffers the ignominy of having no state with double digit MPs in the Lok Sabha even as it is being challenged by Jayalalitha’s ADMK and Mamata Banerjee’s TMC for the principal Opposition space in the Lok Sabha.

This is the magnitude of the damage inflicted by Narendra Modi’s campaign on the Congress Party.This however does not even begin to tell the story of how Narendra Modi has reshaped the BJP’s electoral landscape perhaps irreversibly so.

Narendra Modi has stitched a new Social Coalition

With a record 282 Lok Sabha seats out of the 543 Narendra Modi is the first non-Congress leader to have led his party to a simple majority in the Lok Sabha. This is a national feat that has so far been the exclusive preserve of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

If the magnitude of the win tells the story of the BJP’s national spread today it is the demographic complexion of the win that tells the real story of the BJP’s national depth.

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The BJP won 40 out of the 84 Lok Sabha seats reserved for the SC community, almost 47% of seats with many dalit Women MPs winning from these seats as well. The BJP also won 27 out of the 47 Lok Sabha seats reserved for the ST community, almost 69%. The NDA alliance between the different parties garnered a staggering 62% of all SC seats and 70% of all ST seats. With 28 women Lok Sabha MPs the BJP also hit a new benchmark of 10% of its tally going to women.

Narendra Modi has not just led the BJP to victory on terms unimagined but has done so riding on the back of wave a demographic wave of aspirations unlike anything the BJP had ever managed in the past. Narendra Modi’s BJP has shattered all previous political stereotypes traditionally associated with the Vajpayee/Advani era BJP of the 1980s-190s and the erstwhile Jan Sangh. The social coalition that Narendra Modi has stitched is unique in its demographic complexion, its geographic spread, its gender mix and its mandate.

This Mandate of Hope and Aspirations must shape Narendra Modi’s Team

This is a mandate for Narendra Modi to realize the neo-aspirations of a large swathe of the population cutting across caste, regional and religious fault-lines. It has empowered him to take India in a new direction without bowing to any kind of parochial pressures, without giving into any kind of petty piques and without indulging anybody’s sense of entitlement to pelf or privilege in the next Government.

This mandate also marks the beginning of a new epoch in the broad political movement that gave birth to the Jan Sangh in the 1950s and the BJP in the 1980s. If its first generation was the Dr. SP Mookerjee, Pt. DeendayalUpadhyay era and its second generation was the Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani era, we now mark its third generation under Narendra Modi. Apart from the national mandate to govern India he now also has the political mandate to remake this movement to reflect his philosophy of Governance.

A billion dreams and aspirations now look up to Narendra Modi. As he goes about the process of forming his government it is these dreams and aspirations that must shape and influence the composition of his team and nothing else.