Indian General Election 2019: Who would be Next PM?

By Syed Nasir Hassan*

The world is about to witness the biggest democratic exercise of election in world’s second most populous country as the conquest of throne begins in this month. The 900m registered voters will choose the destiny of their country’s voyage. India having a history of civilization, seems to have changed its discourse as a society with the passage of time, particularly during the reign of BJP’s Narendra Modi. Supporters as well as few analysists have shaped a narrative that during Modi rule India have seen unprecedented growth in economic and military development and not only this but India also has gotten more prestige in the international realm. Nevertheless the situation is not utterly true. Currently the country is facing its pre-election turbulence which in due course is effecting the plight of Kashmir.

 Not just this, it was during Modi’s reign where Muslims were victimized for being Muslims, it was his reign which became reign of terror for the Muslims, where Muslims are slaughtered even on the suspicion of eating beef. Modi doctrine is mainly pointed towards “hate to Muslims” which was cashed previously to win the altar at Delhi and even before, one can barely forget the Gujrat carnage. But this time the masses seem to have waken up as recent results show that BJP might be losing its grip at Delhi in coming elections. This time the hate mandate might face rejection but if this narrative prevailed, it ultimately will reflect the taste of Indian society. And where Indians will head.Moreover the Hindutva mindset already has shapeshifted the charm of  India into HINDUSTAN.

Before the general elections, this was clear for BJP, that the party is in grave trouble when state elections rejected the current spectrum of the governance, apart from this, the plight of the lower class in India remains same as there is mainly infrastructural development rather than addressing hitches of the lower segment of the society.

The recent agony in shape of flood which hit Kerala and became a cause for the death of more than 400 people. When the people were looking for central government, the government was busy  in investing 3,000 crores on the “statue of unity” by neglecting the grief in south. Given this situation and the cold response from the government, puts Modi in porous political defense in southern side of his empire.

The clock is ticking, stage is set, and the world is spectating as power corridors will once again open their gates for new face or rather same old stigma in Indian society.  The Power transition will surely shift the Indian stature in international sphere as recent escalation with neighboring Pakistan over Pulwama attack did not produce any fruitful results for Modi’s BJP, or as some are saying it was a blowback to Modi. The Rafael scandal is another blot on the career of Modi as it is still unclear that how this will end or maybe the case will meet its end in the term of next government

The BJP’s ship seems sinking as time and circumstances has made political winds to blow against them. Not only this the war hysteria created by the prodigies on Indian media didn’t bring any fruits into the basket of BJP, whereas people became more aware of the situation and how their media is making things difficult to deal with.

On the other side congress is stepping up its game in widespread political campaign with criticizing BJP and their policies, though congress is also facing challenges to its legacy but it will be overshadowed by the Lagunas in BJP. The elections will  go for more than one month starting from April 11 to May 19.  The political uncertainty puts the country in an unclear outcome and leave the international pundits in doubt whereas some people have anticipated that this time it will again be Modi who will be ruling the power corridors in Delhi, But congress seems confident as, if not clear win with majority, maybe some form of coalition government in the country.

*Syed Nasir Hassan is working as a Research Associate at Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR). He is a student of Conflict & Peace Studies.

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