New Delhi, May 16: As Twitterati began using #NamoVijayDivas, people across the nation began recalling this historic day of 2014 when nation elected a nationalist regime to power. ‘May 16’ would always be remembered as the day when the electorate of majoritarian community blurred the lines of caste to take a decision in the interest of nation. Narendra Modi, who was demonized by the national media ever since the horrific carnage of Godhra, struck a chord with voters across the demographical lines, and showed every Indian a vision of better India.
The victory of Modi in 2014 general elections was all his own. The kind of mandate given by the nation did not lead to any sort of ambiguity. People wanted a change, and they wanted a stern decision-taker like Narendra Modi in power. Rather than all the glorification of poverty and the rhetoric of socialism, people preferred the saffron voice which promised development at all cost.
The apprehensions shown by ‘secularists’ were shunned away. Corruption, unemployment, national security, degrading growth, inflation were far greater issues than communalism. The centrists and leftists who were trying to commemorate the violence of Godhra, and shamelessly calling the Gujarat Model as ‘fake’ were slapped on the face by the electorates who made a rightist choice.
While Congress was reduced to four seats, Arvind Kejriwal, who was then labelled as ‘AK 47’ could not bag more than 4 seats. For the first time in three decades, the nation elected one single party to power with a full majority. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 282 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.
Modi’s victory would go down to be registered as one of the most historic feats in Indian politics. Whether he succeeds or fails, no one could argue over the fact that Modi is the only contemporary leader who succeeded in making Indian masses believe in politics once again.