1. Why Narendra Modi should brace for storm ahead of 2019, this picture tells 1000 words

Why Narendra Modi should brace for storm ahead of 2019, this picture tells 1000 words

Nothing is guaranteed, especially in Indian politics for there are so many stakeholders and competitors to power.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 6, 2017 12:32 PM
narendra modi, 2019 general elections, general elections 2017, modi 2019, arvind kejriwal, aap, bjp, manish tewari, yashwant sinha (From left) Congress leader Manish Tewari, BJP leader Yashwant Sinha and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a book release function in New Delhi on Thursday. (Image: Tashi Tobgyal/IE)

Nothing is guaranteed, especially in Indian politics, for there are so many stakeholders and competitors to power. In 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would likely seek votes in the name of reforms carried out by his government. His personal appeal is also unmatched in Indian politics today. But, with the benefit of hindsight, we know that mere reform or personal appeal does not translate into votes.

For instance, former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao of the Congress introduced the biggest ever reform in the country – of breaking the shackles of socialism and taking the country on the path of liberalisation. But he lost the election battle. Years later, BJP’s Atal Bihari Vajpayee had both – an unmatched personal appeal as well as many reforms to bank on. However, these two couldn’t stop the Congress from snatching power from the BJP in 2004.

The science of elections in India is a big mystery, like the country itself and social scientists have always struggled to predict how people will or will not vote.

Right now, BJP appears confident that Modi’s appeal and reforms will help it sail through in 2019. However, a storm is slowly brewing across the country because of the very reforms Modi has introduced to realise his vision of “New India”. This picture here can be said to be an early depiction of the storm Modi may face in 2019.

Who could have imagined earlier that a senior leader from the BJP (Yashwant Sinha), a senior Congress leader (Manish Tewari) and the head of Aam Aadmi Party (Arvind Kejriwal) would share the same stage and such camaraderie. In other times, this picture may not have mattered but now it can’t be ignored.

The smiles on their faces should be read as the signal of the storm that would try to stop Modi in 2019. Kejriwal even declared this in advance, saying the next General elections will be between Narendra Modi and the rest of the country. “The people are going to fight the 2019 elections. Parties will not fight….The battle is going to between your (pointing to Sinha) leader, your big leader and the people,” The Indian Express quoted Kejriwal as saying.

The Delhi CM further said “whether the Opposition will come together or not… that is arithmetic…but the way I can see the churning that is happening among the people… people can forsake food but cannot compromise with freedom”.

Congress has already launched a political war against BJP across the country, while discontentment from within the saffron camp has come out in the open in the form of leaders like Sinha. Soon, other small forces from states are likely to come forward to fight against Modi.

Modi has battled many a storms. 2019, however, could be his ultimate, for this picture tells 1000 words.

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  1. s
    Oct 8, 2017 at 9:18 am
    Modi , AS go back like quit India they shd quit Delhi.....
    1. R
      Rajesh Kabu
      Oct 7, 2017 at 11:12 pm
      Ur views far fetched. Sinha at best a disgruntled guy who like a pea out of beans. Rolling but will gather no mass. Modi's appeal will remain unblemished and his invincibility spree will go beyond 2019. Modi's charisma no one else carries. Tiwaris and Kejris minnows who have a mimicry values will get bulldozed against his appeal. Scam free makes nation relieved today. U need 100 Kejris to defeat Modi while Kejri himself reduced to half will try to cling anything. Freak and fly by night politicians can win a game not a match.
      1. J
        Jayasankaran Dr
        Oct 7, 2017 at 9:40 pm
        I am not belonging to any party.. an elderly senior citizen.. My observation and feeling is: The common man is only suffering. He doesn’t experience the so called fruits of development. All rhetoric. Honestly country is suffering from leadership crisis. NaMo is a great disappointment. He is only fit to manage a state well. Country..???
        1. T
          Tishya Mathur
          Oct 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm
          Modi is the only hope for this country if it has to progress.The scam laden Congress has subverted every ins ution in the country. Nothing is left.
          1. M
            MG Singh
            Oct 7, 2017 at 6:41 pm
            The picture of Jaswant Sinha, a spent force, with that of Tiwari, a loud mouth Chamcha of a looter party the self killing virus Kristi are no threat to NAMO. So media creation storms have no relevance. Nidhi is people’s choice will remain so.
            1. K
              Oct 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm
              Clear indication. Hindus , Budhist and Jains have to vote for BJP. No alternative. They stand chance only if united.
              1. J
                Jay Karan
                Oct 7, 2017 at 4:26 pm
                It's clear that Mr.Modi has unsettled a lot of cozy clubs. Like the cheap Lutyens pseudo intellects. These are the real culprits who have eaten off us for such a long time. They are the beneficiaries of Congress raj and today they know that they will be extinct very soon. They have sold out country out playing vote bank politics have aided and abetted unchecked p er. People like Manish Tiwari are classic examples of the lack of depth and intellect among the political class. And those who have some grey matter between their ears like Yashwant Sinha are also willing to sell out. Mr.Modi is evidently the only hope we have and whoever sticks around with him in his endeavour to clean up this country are the ones we should vote for. Really wish Mr.Modi was not a one man army and that he has a really good second line to take over after 2024..
                1. Lakshman Kumar
                  Oct 7, 2017 at 4:12 pm
                  kumarakl airtelmail
                  1. R
                    Oct 7, 2017 at 4:01 pm
                    Yeshwant Sinha is crying sour grapes as he was kept away from ministry and also not given seat. Arvind as always just wants to shoot and run. Congress will have to be wiped out of India for the scams they orchestrated in UPA regime.u
                    1. R
                      Oct 7, 2017 at 3:47 pm
                      Acche din promised and the line to stop all lines If this does not happen then All said of Mr Modi political demise in this article is right!
                      1. N
                        Nagaraj Iyengar
                        Oct 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm
                        For your kind information, people are not fools now a days, while I agree on the fact that they were fooled by Congress and UPA for 6 decades . During 2014 elections, Advani was at the helm of the BJP , but even he could not pluck one hair of NAMO , every Indian know what is Yashwant Sinha we will see how many he will try to pluck . !! Regards, Nagaraj
                        1. rajesh desai
                          Oct 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm
                          I do agree , this Sinha has shown that what he is made up of , BJP was known for a disciplined cadre . Such incidents would be an eye opener for them and won’t be repeated unless stringent measures taken now . He going a step further to shake hands with opposition is irking is more than what he talked about economy . This means you are neither a wel wisher of this nation nor a supporter for its growth . A wiper in disguise , no words for a person of dignity and stature. We need to coin a word ‘ DONT BE A YS “ when someone tries to gather attention with wrong intentions and interests of nation . As we all know Kejriwal is another baboon and shaking hands with baboon makes you dragged to his level . BJP has those leaders who think beyond being elected , that’s never been case with these people . With this it is clearly shows what YS was for BJP and for nation . BJP must do have introspection to weed out any such YS from their hideouts. We need to march ahead for strong ONE NATION
                          1. R
                            Oct 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                            Two are one is old yeah i summed it up in less than 10 words forget about 1000 words
                            1. V
                              Oct 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm
                              You guys are blind and basically traitors when you intentionally turn a blind eye to the amount of loot and scams congress has done across the decades..... India would have been something else entirely if this Nehru-Gandhi clan had not done what they did. It is sad that people like you have sold their souls to the devil........
                              1. K
                                k sharma
                                Oct 7, 2017 at 11:25 am
                                Modi will win 2019 elections with even a bigger margin. My maid servant says this. I take it as the voice of the masses.
                                1. K
                                  Oct 7, 2017 at 10:04 am
                                  These three does not count for the Future of India and MODI, it is the general Public which will decide , Thise three politicians are proven their Worth to Nation , they are Irrelevant to India , any way two of them are always found in the anti national group,
                                  1. D
                                    Oct 7, 2017 at 9:33 am
                                    Modiji carry on people r with u
                                    1. M
                                      Oct 7, 2017 at 9:21 am
                                      Although there was little tough for common man during this government tenure,intentions with which governance was provided were much clear I .e. corruption free... no charges against the cabinet ministers... I would want the same government to be under power for at least a decade... Obstacles are always there when you work towards the truth. Hope people understand before they vote... Even if congress comes to power and economy becomes brighter than now, it is purely because of foundation laid by this government
                                      1. V
                                        Vijay V
                                        Oct 7, 2017 at 9:01 am
                                        The ruling party is working on for the rich. All their policies - demonetization, gst, etc did absolutely nothing for the poor and middle class of this country. All the policies were implemented to crush the small and mid level business and shift those business to big cooporates. On top of all these rich-favoring policies, the party kept us busy in hindu-mislim issues, nationalism-antinationalism issues, etc and had a full team of hundreds of people working under people like TARUN SENGUPTA. Everybody knows now how the so called nationalists like TARUN SENGUPTA are doing everything possible to burn the country into riots, just for the pity gains for the party. Modiji, do you think we are stupid that you will on fooling us and we will not understand what is actually happening.
                                        1. Sultan In
                                          Oct 7, 2017 at 5:50 pm
                                          Well said Mr. Vijay
                                        2. N
                                          Oct 7, 2017 at 8:39 am
                                          Modi support ing coprat businessmans Only cz he props of Comng power he is party nxt election..so he need monyyy..grat modiji
                                          1. K
                                            Oct 7, 2017 at 6:29 am
                                            Got it wrong, both congress and AAP figure in the picture have repeatedly lost their credit ability with their own masses and country at large. The BJP figure in the picture is old school and spend force who can be easily misled. Also how come you can ignore the fact the voters of today are far different and educated that voters of yesteryears.
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