1. Delhi polls defeat will increase enormous pressure on Narendra Modi: NYT

Delhi polls defeat will increase enormous pressure on Narendra Modi: NYT

The crushing defeat of India's ruling BJP in the Delhi assembly elections has brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi...

By: | New York | Updated: February 11, 2015 4:53 PM
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Allies and political rivals alike took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the crushing defeat suffered by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Delhi elections. (PTI)

The crushing defeat of India’s ruling BJP in the Delhi assembly elections has brought Prime Minister Narendra Modi “down to earth” and the poll results will increase the “enormous pressure” on him to deliver on his economic and governance promises, according to a media report.

The election defeat for Modi comes days after the successful visit of US President Barack Obama to India and following the biggest national election victory by his party in three decades, the New York Times editorial board said.

“Fresh from the diplomatic high of a successful summit meeting with President Obama, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been brought down to earth by domestic politics,” it said in an editorial titled ‘A Defeat for Prime Minister Modi’.

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It said that Modi and his BJP were “crushed” in the election for New Delhi’s 70-member state assembly.

BJP won three seats while the upstart Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), lead by Arvind Kejriwal, won a massive 67 seats.

“The election won’t affect Modi’s hold on the prime minister’s office and the federal government. But it will increase the enormous pressure to deliver on his economic and governance promises even while making that harder,” it said.

The board said “ordinarily” elections in New Delhi would not draw international attention but ever since Modi and his party recorded a massive victory in national elections last year, the political leader and the BJP “have generated an aura of invincibility, winning a succession of other state elections.”

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  1. Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
    Feb 11, 2015 at 6:19 pm
    Modi should himself step down owning moral responsibility and hand over PM post to Advani. Also Amit shah should step down and Rajnath Singh who steered LS election should become president of BJP. That is the only solution to at least hope for continuation in 2019 LS also and to send good signals to UP and Bihar elections.
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    1. Vish Ontoor
      Feb 12, 2015 at 2:26 am
      No, Modi should step down and make Rahul hi the PM of India. Also, Modi should dispatch 1.2 billion Indians to Moon. Because that will solve all problems. LOL.
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