Did you expect this result in Gujarat Assembly elections 2012?
I think Mr Shekhar Gupta and his ilk (Barkha, et al)cannot digest the victory of Modi and the consistent bashing suffered by Rahul baba. Despite the emphatic victory the IE and NDTV are still working overtime to give a negative spin .... "allies not willing to support", "Muslims voted out of fear", etc etc. It is clear case of sour grapes. And God forbid if Mr Modi comes to power at the Center, the sky would be the limit as far as these BIASED media groups are concerned.
Quite a silly observation! The observation implies that the complete lot of Voters function under some centralised control, where decision was taken "Okay! You guys will vote for him, but the rest won't." Responsible media should not create such fiction. It is quite evident that the majority of the people of Gujrat voted for him -- the only message the vote has conveyed is "We have liked your performance in the past. Carry on!"
Its really amusing that inspite of winning a 3rd straight state election you see that Narendra Modi being cut to size. But what is more interesting, is the fact that the entire media is looking at this election numbers from the prism of 117 seats: will he get more or less. Let me just remind that Gujrat Assembly has 182 seats and a simple majority arrives at 91 seats. It%u2019s interesting that the Media houses find Narendra Modi%u2019s PM ambitions to be extravagant whereas find a halo over Rahul Gandhi when it comes to his PM ambitions. Let%u2019s compare the two: Narendra Modi leads BJP to a 3rd straight State Assembly win whereas %u201CRahul Baba%u201D (as Modi lovingly calls him and I can%u2019t help but take the potshot) went to Assembly elections in Bihar and U.P. and Congress got lesser seats than previous election. . Can%u2019t even call it a David (Rahul Baba) Vs Goliath (Narendra Modi), because here the David even lacks the courage to fight that%u2019s why he abstained from addressing rallies in Gujrat.
People have voted for Modi because they think if anyone other than him comes to power, muslims wont let Hindus survive!! This is what has kept Modi ticking for so long in Gujarat, politics of fear!!! The development thing is just a farce!! And muslims and seculars being the minority in Gujarat, they can never rout him out. However, Modi was not able to improve his tally from the previous elections and anything less than 150 seats is his loss and Congress's win. He is the next Hindutva icon, noone can deny that. Even if he becomes the PM, it will take forever to change the Gujarati communal mentality, the damage has been done! Just wait till he moves to the center, his corruption cases will soon make the headlines.
People have voted for Modi because they think if anyone other than him comes to power, muslims wont let Hindus survive!! This is what has kept Modi ticking for so long in Gujarat, politics of fear!!! The development is just a farce!! And muslims and seculars being the minority in Gujara, they can never rout him out. However, Modi was not able to improve his tally from the previous elections and anything less than 150 seats is his loss and Congress's win. He is the next Hindutva icon, noone can deny that. Even if he becomes the PM, it will take forever to change the Gujarati communal mentality, the damage has been done! Just wait till he moves to the center, his corruption cases will soon make the headlines.
Wins 3rd straight tenure as CM, that too purely on the plank of development. Incredible goodwill - & not just within the state (when was the last time a state leader had this kind of pan-Indian popularity? And yet some people keep demonising him & feel this decision has decisively cut him to size...!! Dream on folks. Gujarat done, N.Delhi next. (& no, I am not a Gujarati)
Why is any criticism of Modi is responded with even stronger criticism? Is Modi beyond criticism? Fortunately Gujarat is not indicative of India - take HP for an example which lost despite Modi's campaign. India, collectively, is known to choose better governments
Gujaraties voted for status-quo - Neither they have given much to Modi to bash-much nor to congress for any boost-up .Their decisive verdict has made Modi to rethink about his national dream.
Even after third consecutive win with over 70% seats in his pocket, only a stupid can ask a question over the size of Mr. Modi. Let be informed that his size is such that even UK and USA ran upto Gujarat to salute Mr. Modi. Wait till 2014 and you will know his size when world leaders will line up to salute him.
Let us give credit where it is deserved. Let us also look beyond at what Mr Narendra Modi has achieved, apart from the hat trick. NAMO has changed the discourse of electoral politics by transcending caste, communal and quota politics by projecting all round development, which ultimately benefits all sections of the society. Narendra Modi has been the target of one of the most vicious campaigns by a section of the political class and a wide section of the media both print and electronic, this esteemed paper not included. One hopes they all have the grace to acknowledge that elections can be won on the development plank and Mr Modi has proved this. Next Chapter: Mr Modi goes to Delhi.
you say this is not landslide, hello wake up and smell the coffee. This is 2/3 majority in the assembly. Tell me which other state in this country has given this kind of mandate to its chief minister. That too the third time in running. Get your head out of the sand and stop being an ostrich. Just by being a congress agent and Anti modi is not enough, people are educated and intelligent. They can think on their own.. They have decided, so alteast respect that and stop behaving like headless chickens..
I took a rickshaw in Ahmedabad and asked him to go to a muslim dominant area. He refused, then another refused and then another. Reason: they were all Hindus. Then on another occasion, I stopped a rickshaw and asked him to go to a Hindu dominant area. He refused. Reason: he was a muslim. This is Gujarat, they have always had the communal fire in them. Modi has only given wind to that fire. The truth is most Gujaratis dont buy Modis development agenda. He has been voted only for his communal incinations. Besides, the development he boasts of is only good for major industrialists and since Gujarat has been a heavily industrialised state, it is not a surprise!! End result: Gujarat may be a nice place for big business but the WORST place to stay.
It clearly seems you are telling imaginary story and you are a Modi hater. Go home and shed some tears and get used to the fact that Narendra Modi is India's future.
Stop visiting Gujarat and stay where every the hell you belong to. No one invited you to gujarat you moron..
In all possibility, you are lying. I have been not only to Ahmadabad, but Surat and Himmatnagar as well. And I did not experience an iota of the bombshell that you claim. And, people are investing money in Gujarat. If you know what that means. Did you just say worst place to stay. I really don't know what your expectations are!!! Yes, Modi will have to live with the riot tag. No doubt. But he also deserves lot credit for prosperity and success of Gujarat.
whoever is writing this is misleading and give absolutely false information, ahmedabad and gujarat is not like this
Your conclusion is incorrect. I am a liberal Hindu but I would not feel safe going to Jama Masjid. Does that make me communal? I dont think these matters are as simplistic as you make them sound. Yes there is distrust between people of different religions. However, in my view that is due to the agenda followed by the Congress for most of our independence. They have used the minorities as vote banks and have not allowed them to integrate with the rest of India. The way forward is with a party that has a different take on these matters. You may not like the way the BJP is doing so but i wish you had had the honesty to call the Congress' bluff. Or are you a closet Congressman?
THE ONE AND ONLY ONE Mr. Modi is the only one politician in India fought the election and won without mentioning any freebies and goodies or populist budget. I can not think of any CMs or politician had achieved this. This testifies many things of Mr. Modi. What else is required to be eligible for PM. It is a great feat. Also he talks about only state without dividing community and caste. What else is required to prove that he is the true secularists compared to whole lot of pesudo secular dividing people and scaring the community. It is these qualities, Of course, other parts of India should take into account and catapult him to make him PM.
Your paper should at least now stop this anti-Modi stance. Your question presumes that landslide victory was necessary for Mr Modi to go to National stage. What is rationale behind such double edged question? Your paper has been running anti Modi campaign since 2002 with no avail. In spite of your campaign Mr Modi has won in 2007 and now in 2012. Is it not enough answer for you innuendo type question??
The people of Gujarat is still haunted by the riots . They are peace loving and understand the poltics better.They know CM NaMo is less dangerous than a opposition NaMo.
We should be realistic that it was at third time, no anti incumbency,retaing at the same level is a great boost for beloved Modi of Gujrat and for Gujrati. Why only Gujrat should extract, what r the plusses of Modi.A great vacuum persists there at Central level,the sweet talk of the present regime r not delivering the goods, instead distribution of doles against numerous schemes r putting money in market, resulting into price rise with no addition into the assets. Here, under such circumstances the role of Modi is most needed.
Firstly,Gujarat elections trends are not a referendum for Narender Modi's aspirations for the centre,it has been more of a media ploy to project him for the number one spot .Secondly, it is a state elections and the issues are more local,whether it is an urban or a rural divide on the peoples choice of a party/or candidate.Thirdly, national politics is a different ball game and just being a popular CM does not necessarily mean he/or she will make a good PM .It is best to wait and watch for 2014 general elections,instead of creating a hype and needless debates on this issue.
1) Facing a split by an ex-chief minister is not a small blow 2) Media tried to pull down Modi, trying to project him as a CM, who works only for upper-caste hindus of urban areas (Chandrababu Naidu was defeated mainly because he was marked as urban CM) 3) Congress knows the value of a 'Modi Defeat'... it has a very good support base in Gujrat.. we know Congress will goto any cheap extend, to achieve its goals... In spite of all these things, Modi retained the seat count, closer to 2/3 majority... What else you guys expect, a 100% win in all constituencies...
Despite the anti-incumbancy factory, Narendra Modi of BJP won the election less 2-5 seats from its 2007 tally. Chidambaram hailing Congress by getting extra 4 seats as clear winner is a joke. People of Gujarat have elected Modi for the third consecutive term. As far Himachal is concerned like Kerala they have never given chance to the same party second time and hence no surprise. It would be helpful to India as a nation to give alternate chance to Modi of BJP to lead the country rather than dynasty.
That Modi has won the third time in Gujarat is no great feat. Gujarat has always been a communal minded state and the only state to have elected a BJP government after the Babri Masjid demolition. The fact that the number of seats won by BJP remains the same or are on a marginal decline should be a matter of worry for the BJP. And, the results in Gujarat have definitely miffed the ambitions that Modi nursed to be the PM
It seems that you had a lot of pseudo secularism Khichdi & it had upset your belly that you are saying a lot of nonsense by describing Gujarat a cummunal minded state
Chawla, reply with facts and not your blinkered vision.
'If there were proper opposition, united and strong , the result would have been different; The poll outcome clearly shows this fact. The people of gujarat has not yet got a chance to have such an opposition to safe guard their democratic rights in the most respected way at every level of the society. The result shows the limit they can go at present. Kudos to them and long live Indian democracy !