What worked for Modi again

Senior journalists who did not expect Modi to win with such a margin share their insights on what led to the victory 

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: May 24, 2019 8:25 AM

As the country watched Narendra Modi win with a sweeping verdict, there were some who could not help but express their wonder at the massive victory.

We caught up with senior journalists who did not expect Modi to win with such a huge margin. Here’s what they had to say:

Santosh Bhartiya, Editor-in-Chief, Chauthi Duniya

I wasn’t at all expecting that Narendra Modi will get such a big win. I consider Rahul Gandhi the reason behind Modi’s win as he didn’t work hard on areas he was supposed to and he failed in gaining the people’s trust or make an impression. Rahul wasn’t seen doing 24-hour politics, whereas Modi had been campaigning for the entire five-year term. 

Amit Shah too managed to achieve a strong preparation in areas where Congress even failed to put together better logistics. Although Priyanka Gandhi did form a team she failed to lead the team as a whole. The first-time voters have shown faith in Modi in the hope that his government would be able to generate jobs, but I believe that after a win with such big majority the government has a big responsibility to fulfill the wishes of the citizens who have voted Modi to power again.

Ajay Shukla, Chief Editor, ITV (Multimedia)

There are two reasons for this big victory. The first being the coverage of the Balakot Air Strike. The response to Pakistan helped Modi strengthen his image among the citizens.

The other reason would be Modi riding on Hindu sentiments with events like the Maha Kumbh.

Rajesh Badal, Senior Journalist

The way PM Narendra Modi spoke at every rally about choosing themselves, instead of a candidate, changed the scenario of this election. 

The way the election was restricted to choosing a PM rather than an MP worked out in his favour. He gave reason to the public to give him another opportunity by constantly mentioning the several plans he had in mind for 2022. At the same time, focusing on the issue of communal polarization and nationalism, the BJP’s strategy to neutralize other important issues proved successful.

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