New Delhi: Foreign media and experts across the globe showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recorded outstanding victory in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 by winning 312 of UP’s 403 seats, the biggest majority for any party since 1980. News agency PTI quoted Adam Ziegfeld, Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the George Washington University as saying, “The Assembly elections do not signal much of a change. The Uttar Pradesh election results showed that the 2014 general elections were not an aberration. Same is the case with Punjab.” “It was a big win for the BJP. Its candidate won with much larger margin of victory than compared to the two previous winners BSP and Samajwadi Party,” Ziegfeld said. Also Read - World Wildlife Day 2021: Significance And Theme of This Day
Following the phenomenal win, Sadanand Dhume, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute predicted PM Modi as “clear and favourite winner” for the 2019 elections. He said,”Modi is the front runner (for 2019).” However, he also revealed that the winning party played the cast card while pretending to be above it. “Demonetisation is extremely popular. Indian people who have suffered themselves in the wake of the policy, it won their heart and mind. Here is this man of sincerity who struck a principled blow to corrupt and the rich,” Dhume, who was in the state during the elections said, referring to his conversation with people in Uttar Pradesh. Also Read - India to Begin 23 Waterways by 2030: PM Modi During Maritime India Summit 2021
Meanwhile, contrary to Dhume and Ziegfeld, Irfan Nooruddin, a professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at the Georgetown University said that in 2019, the BJP is unlikely to get a simple majority and Modi would rather be heading a coalition government. He also cited that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is beatable in state if the Opposition comes together. “The party gains where it faces a fragmented opposition and in 2019, anti-incumbency would kick in,” Nooruddin added. Also Read - Prove Corruption Charges or Face Criminal Defamation Suit, Narayanasamy Hits Back at Amit Shah
The Los Angeles Times said, “Led by PM Modi’s vigorous campaigning, the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP and its allies won 325 of 403 state assembly seats in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, easily dethroning a powerful incumbent party and shrugging off the effects of the prime minister’s controversial decision to withdraw most of India’s cash from circulation in November.” The results could help Modi’s party gain ground in the upper house of parliament, whose composition is dictated in part by state assemblies, and whose current members have stymied many of Modi’s economic reform proposals, saying they would hurt the poor.The BJP controls 13 of India’s 29 state assemblies, but by far the biggest prize is Uttar Pradesh, where it had not held a majority since 1991,” the LA times added.
The results could help Modi’s party gain ground in the upper house of parliament, whose composition is dictated in part by state assemblies, and whose current members have stymied many of Modi’s economic reform proposals, saying they would hurt the poor.The BJP controls 13 of India’s 29 state assemblies, but by far the biggest prize is Uttar Pradesh, where it had not held a majority since 1991,” the LA times added.
Leading daily The Washington Post termed PM Modi’s win as the victory of ‘India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party’. Washington Post reports said the election win will be a “morale booster” for Modi, who campaigned extensively in Uttar Pradesh.
“Modi is bringing relative political stability to India, by fragmenting the opposition and concentrating power in his hands, thus shifting the driver of economic growth from the private sector to the state, and freeing himself to conduct radical economic experiments like his currency cleansing policy,” leading American daily The New York Times said in their report.
Al-Jazeera in its report writes that the triumph vindicates PM Modi’s decision to turn the campaign into a referendum on his own performance after his shock decision last November to abolish high-denomination banknotes, a move he framed as a fight for the poor against the corrupt rich.
“PM Narendra Modi’s party has won a landslide victory in one of India’s key states, a boost for the prime minister halfway through his first term,” reports BBC.
(With inputs from agencies)