Sunday, March 4, 2018


Letter Published in THe National UAE on 5 Mar 18  The BJP and Modi look dominant after recent polls
I write in reference to your article Modi’s growing domination of Indian electoral politics (March 4). The poll verdicts from northeastern states recently won by Mr Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party show widespread approval for the Indian Prime Minister. The end of a quarter century of domination by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Tripura is laudable. The fact that the BJP is now ruling 21 out of India’s 29 states is remarkable, especially given the hindutva criticism from opposition parties. Nevertheless, the party’s leadership should concentrate more on the southern states, including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.
Certainly Mr Modi’s magic yielded positive results in the northeast. Whether he can do so in Karnataka remains to be seen. Ultimately in a democracy, it is the people’s verdict that matters. This was a good show from the BJP. Kudos to Mr Modi and party President Amit Shah.
K Ragavan, Bengaluru

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