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"I came to Bengal a few days ago and I understood the direction of the wind. BJP is going to win here: Shri Modi in WB"
"Congress, Left and Didi have all been together. In UPA 1 & 2 all were together. Then why this drama in Bengal: Shri Modi in Bankura"
"If you stand with Didi alone then will anything happen? No. Get Modi to Delhi and then there can be a healthy competition: Shri Modi in WB"
"What kind of set up is this where people form chit funds, smile with leaders and keep looting people. I am fighting against this lot: Shri Modi in West Bengal"
"Didi may abuse me as much but I will be committed to the development of West Bengal: Shri Modi"
"Do you want Double Faida? Send all Lotuses to Delhi and make a strong Govt. We will serve you from Delhi and Didi will have to run: Shri Modi in West Bengal"
"Vote for development and vote for the future of Bengal, to end poverty and lack of education in West Bengal: Shri Modi"

Watch : Shri Narendra Modi addressing a Public Meeting in Bankura, West Bengal

A deep concern for the lack of development in West Bengal and a focused determination to undo this and work towards the State’s prosperity was conveyed by Shri Narendra Modi during his rallies at Bankura and Asansol in West Bengal, on the afternoon of 4th May. From a more efficient state government with BJP at the Centre, to his resolve of fighting the scamsters, Shri Modi shared various insights into a BJP-led government that would ensure the prevalence of ‘badlaav ki raajneeti’ (politics for change).

Asserting how the effectiveness of a BJP-led government in Delhi will only impel the ruling State government to take action and focus on developing the State, Shri Modi said, “If you stand with Didi alone then will anything happen? No. Get Modi to Delhi and then there can be a healthy competition.” He also added how the people could have a ‘double faida’ by electing a BJP government in Delhi that would work for West Bengal, and consequently having a more efficient State government who will be on its toes, working for the progress of the State and its people.

Retaliating strongly to the TMC chief’s recent comments citing Shri Modi as ‘paper tiger’ and comparing him to the Royal Bengal tiger in a disapproving manner, Shri Modi said that the real tiger was, in fact, the Bengali youth with their immense potential. In defiance of the comment, Shri Modi confronted ‘Didi’ and asked her if her government could punish the doers of the Sharda Chit Fund scam and prove themselves as the ‘real tiger’. “What kind of a set up is this where people form chit funds, smile with leaders and keep looting people. A real tiger will never save scamsters. I am fighting against this lot,” said Shri Modi.

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

Condemning the TMC leader’s preference and support for intruders from Bangladesh, Shri Modi spoke of how this had robbed the State’s youth of growth opportunities. He affirmed of strict action against those infiltrators who had only come to flare up votebank politics, but, at the same time, also asked the people to warmly welcome those who had been shoved off by Bangladesh and had come to seek refuge. “Those who were children of Bharat Mata, those who observe Durgashtami they are my brothers. We must treat them like children of India, but those who come here for votebank politics and take away jobs of our youth will have to go back,” said Shri Modi.

Women’s safety was yet another aspect spoken of by Shri Modi, who stated how, out of the first 3 states with most atrocities on women, one was West Bengal. This, he said, was despite Didi’s claims of the ‘real tiger’ being in Bengal.

Shri Modi affirmed of his commitment to work for West Bengal’s prosperity, despite the false statements and abuses of ‘Didi’, and said, “We have not come into politics with ‘Badle ki Bhavna’ but we have come with ‘Badlav Ki Bhavna’.”

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

In Asansol, Shri Modi urged the people to support Babul Supriyo, the BJP candidate from the region. He also attacked the State government for various scams, including the scam in recruitment of teachers in the State, and shared Gujarat’s success story of recruiting teachers through online software. Citing facts and figures which conveyed that Muslims in Gujarat were well-off when compared to their counterparts in WB, Shri Modi condemned the State government for its incompetence in ensuring the progress of every section of the society.

Shri Modi also appealed to the Election Commission of India to ensure that the next two phases of polling, in these regions, must be free of any rigging or any other form of manipulation. "Democracy doesn't work like this. I know that in the elections on May 30 how much rigging took place. False cases have been filed against our candidate Babul Supriyo. Election Commission's work is to protect people. It is your responsbility to ensure impartial polls. I request you to fulfil your responsibilities in the right way," said Shri Modi in Asansol.

Exposing the pretentiousness of the State government, Shri Modi said that while it fights with the Congress and Left in Bengal, in Delhi, the three are good friends. He called for the need to end such a deceiving government at the Centre and the State, and instead bring in a government, the only focus of which was the Nation’s development. “Vote for development and vote for the future of Bengal, to end poverty and lack of education in West Bengal,” said Shri Modi. He urged the people to vote for the BJP and support a growth-focused government, thereby ensuring Bengal’s development and better lives for the people of the Nation.

Photos : Shri Modi addressing a massive rally in Asansol, West Bengal

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

Shri Narendra Modi addresses rallies in West Bengal

 

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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.

An Epochal Mandate

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.