Amid rising territorial power of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a top Indian-American think-tank has recently stated that the Prime Minister and the saffron party’s front-face, Narendra Modi has ushered in a golden age for the party. The think-tank’s comments come days after the BJP came back to power in Bihar following RJD supremo Nitish Kumar’s detachment from the ‘mahagathbandhan’ with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD and Congress, to join hands with BJP and form the state government in Bihar.
As reported by PTI, Milan Vaishnav, director and senior fellow of South Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace mentioned in an op-ed that the upheaval of the party is an indication towards the fact that the saffron party is the latest center of political gravity in a country long controlled by the Nehru-Gandhi family.
Citing the escalating dominance of BJP within the country under the leadership of PM Modi, Vaishnav believes that the party, apart from establishing itself as the strongest contender for the 2019 general election, is also cementing its power over the state governments as well.
As reported by PTI, Vaishnav was quoted saying, “Although the BJP government’s gathering strength, signals policy stability and political consolidation, it simultaneously raises concerns about the health of India’s democratic checks and balances.”
Lauding Modi’s business-friendly policies, nationalist rhetoric and an inspirational appeal towards the young and restless India, Vaishnav stated that the Prime Minister has taken the party to a historic electoral rout. He further mentioned in his op-ed, “Securing the first single-party parliamentary majority in three decades, Modi has ushered in a golden age for the BJP.”
Vaishnav further noted that a longer term of Modi in the governance, as a representative of BJP, might result in more state government allying with the party, like ways it happened in Bihar.
By Priyam Mukhopadhyay