Narendra Modi is one of the most renowned Prime Ministers around the world, that India has ever witnessed. The Modi led BJP (Bhartiya Janata Party) government came into force for the first time matter in 2014, with a major comeback with the national-level political majority in 2019. He is the only 2nd person to have become Prime Minister through BJP in India & that too with the majority. Apart from him, only Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the 1st PM.
He was one of such leaders who were not only respected and praised by his followers and party people but even opposition leaders. He has led the BJP government for many years and became the Prime Minister of India for 3 times. First time in May 1996 for 13 days, his 2nd term was in 1998-1999 for 13 months and a final full 5-year term from 1999 to 2004.
Atal Bihari Ji ran a successful BJP government and introduced the then backward India with several progressive policies & programmes. He is majorly known for the introduction of privatization policies in India which lead to the development of several industries across the nation. His progressive educational policies of providing free education to children from 6 to 14 years of age, changed the face of education in India. Fiscal Responsibility Act introduced by the Atal Ji led NDA government was the major reason behind the 8% growth of India’s GDP from 1998 to 2004.
With the setting up of BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd) & VSNL (Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd ), he gave new heights to the Telecom Industry in India. Infrastructural, Industrial, Education & Financial. Every single factor for the economic, technological and political development of India at a Global scale was looked upon with a different perspective in Vajpayee led NDA government.
Apart from this, Atal Ji’s role in India Pakistan Kargil War of 1999, and making India a nuclear power with the Pokhran’s underground Nuclear Test in 1998, gave him a global highlighting. It was during his reign in India, that for the first time international ties with countries like America, Pakistan and the Republic of China were improvised.
His government was not strong only because he earned a majority of seats in BJP. Rather, it was a collaborative government, where the BJP leaders tied with other political parties in the nation, to form a government against the long-leading Congress Party. His behaviour, political agenda and his strategic methods of persuading and convincing even the smartest minds was the reason that he was able to establish a government against the leading congress party in India, in times when even creating a political party against congress was considered a Joke.
However, the Modi government has not been any less of a success. Modi Ji is the only 2nd leader who bagged a majority of seats in the parliament. The bigger part of the story is that he has been able to do it without even forming a collaborative government (Gatbandhan Sarkaar) but managed single-handedly to swipe the congress from Indian Political Game.
Further, during his political career, Narendra Modi was able to bag some achievements which have never been accomplished by any prior PM. Policies like Jandhan Yojna, Suraksha Yojna, Jeevan Yojna, Mudra Yojna, Swaccha Bharat, Fit India Movement, Make in India have highlighted him on a global scale.
All the programs are successfully running in the country. He also endeavoured to enforce the celebration of World Yoga Day at the United Nations. He has played a significant role in developing India as a military power around the globe as well as developing ties with multiple nations like UAE, America, Israel, Afghanistan and many more.
His efforts to improve international ties has gained India several benefits in terms of financial, technological and educational advancements.
His efforts to help India become financially efficient reached newer heights with the implementation of GST and demonetization. Although the two events weren’t as successful as planned by the government and many people still find it difficult to deal with the same, the moves have been praised as brave. India is one of the biggest economies and democracies of the world and taking a decision for the well-being of 130 crore people is a dilemmatic situation in itself.
In spite of a lot of criticism, Narendra Modi was yet again able to bag yet another majority of seats in 2019 elections.
If we look at the political career of Modi Ji & Atal Ji, both of them have their followings and fan base. On one end, where we see Narendra Bhai Modi getting criticized by many people around India whilst Modi-Bhakts fight for their attorneys, Atal Ji was a figure which was idolized by not only his party men but by opposition parties as well.
Then what was that one thing that stopped the Vajpayee Government from returning in 2004 elections even after so many successful? And how did Modiji managed to get a dashing comeback with yet again the majority of seats in 2019 elections even after the criticism?
Well, some factors such as Atal Ji’s election campaign and its drawbacks are severely blamed for the failure to comeback. The Atal Ji’s election campaign for 2004 was not strong enough to bag a majority of seats. Further, the collaborative form of government was not expected to work for another time because the people saw repetitive incumbency in the democratic regime. Atal Ji had already become the prime minister for 2 times earlier but his government retired 2 times. Once for 13 days and another time for 13 months. This may have hampered the democrats from selecting Atal Ji as a PM for the 4th time. Further, the feel-good factor initiated by the then government was not a great success and led to the dawn of BJP in 2004.
Another major reason for the disappointment of people with Atal Ji was that he had made several promises which he could not fulfil as a PM. In Atal Ji’s favour, he couldn’t go against the co-parties who collaborated in 1999 to create an NDA government in India. These were the people who made him the PM, and he is answerable and must listen to every political leader in his support. This stopped him from initiating various policies and agendas. Apart from this, Agenda’s like Babari Masjid, 2002 Gujrat Riots & a series such events created a negative image of BJP in the minds of secularists and Muslim People. The majority did not want the government which let mass killing happen in the country to return.
Modi Ji on the other hand, who was the main accused of the Gujarat Riots, was being called Anti-Muslim and Hindu terrorist for his role in the 2002 riots. He was the then CM of Gujarat and had all the powers to turn things around which he didn’t. His connections with RSS and his Pro-Hindu and Anti-Muslim ideology was blamed for this. Still, in 2004, democrats chose to see Modi as the father of infrastructural and economic development of Gujarat. They believed that this man could be given a chance to turn India’s fate upside down with his political strategies. Apart from this, the political campaign to make Modi Ji, PM of India with the slogan ‘Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkaar’ and ‘Ache Din Aane Wale Hai’ made people believe that the guy has the potential to bring change. As a result, he became PM of India in 2014.
His work during the tenure of 5 years from 2014 to 2019 is praised and criticized by millions at the same time around the nation. GST Implementation, Demonetization, Surgical Strikes in POK, Multiple Kinds of Yojna’s, Make in India, advanced fiscal policies, improvisation of ties with foreign nations, strengthening India’s defence potential and much more. There is a long list of things which Modi Ji dared to do as a prime minister of India. These were the things that left an impression on the people. Also, the government that formed in 2014 was a majority in itself without even collaborating with other parties. This gave another edge to the BJP government to entertain an easy win in 2019 election with yet again a majority of Lok Sabha Seats.
Modi Ji did not even stop to create a global impact and just after few months of his government, he along with Amit Shah’s mindset was able to repeal Article 370 from the constitution which gave special status to the state of Jammu & Kashmir. This was his first move after become the 2nd time PM, which has paved the first milestone in the path of forming a 3rd time government in India.
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