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PM Narendra Modi's Nov 27th Parliament speech: Congress-led opposition stunned and stumped
Narendra Modi's speech in the Lok Sabha on Friday 27th November, 2015 while concluding the debate on the Indian Constitution in the wake of the 125 birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar was not only excellent, but so appealing that even his hard core opponents were compelled to appreciate it. This statesman like speech in fact silenced his political opponents, who failed to find even a single flaw in it.

A debate immediately started, as if Narendra Modi had given a statesman like speech rising above party politics or just played smart politics to disarm the defiant opposition, which was desperate to stall the reforms initiated and proposed by his government. Many political experts feel that this was smart politics by Narendra Modi to reach out to the opposition in desperate need to pass stalled reform bills including GST. The speech was followed by his invitation to former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi for a 'chai pe charcha'. Many also viewed it as a climb down in Modi's attitude following the worst electoral setback in Bihar.

Whether it was a smart politics by Narendra Modi or he acted as a true statesman, the result was significant. The Congress and others in fact were stunned by that speech and had to recalibrate their strategies for the upcoming Parliament session and all indications are there that they will cooperate with the government on all reforms displaying a climb down in their aggression. It's definitely a welcome sign.

However, I don't think Narendra Modi played any smart politics by lowering his tone just to make sure a smooth passage of the bills. If one recalls Narendra Modi's speech in Lok Sabha after being appointed as Prime Minister and his speech on 15th August 2014, he would find that his speech on 27th November was no different. At the moment Narendra Modi is the most powerful Prime Minister India has had in last three decades, with a strong mandate behind him. From day one he displayed a statesman's spirit that was not only admired by domestic polity but also by people abroad.

Then what went wrong in the middle? I think BJP's strategy to make Narendra Modi the face of the party in state elections didn't work well for the image of PM Modi. BJP might have won four assembly elections while losing two, but the real loss was of the Prime Minister in Narendra Modi. The Prime Minister of India is naturally the leader of the country. As a statesman he should lead the polity including all political parties domestically as well as internationally.

Being the face of BJP in assembly elections, Narendra Modi became a BJP superstar more than the leader of the country. When you campaign in an election being the face of a party, you have to attack the opposition, criticize them very hard and to some extent poke them where it hits the hardest. This definitely results not only in bad relations but also diminishes the position of the Prime Minister.

Amit Shah must realise that he can't use the Prime Minister of India for his party's benefit by reducing the Prime Ministerial character just to a face of a political party. There are lots of assembly elections in upcoming years. Better would be to find a local BJP leader as the face of BJP. If the opposition is to be attacked during a campaign, let it be done by the party (like Amit Shah and other senior party leaders). Narendra Modi may address some election rallies, but he should talk about only development without attacking other political parties. This way the image and stature of the Prime Minister's persona can be maintained.

I think Narendra Modi has realised this. He is always a fast learner and never hesitates to amend his approach. Hope he will continue winning back admiration from all quarters, some of which was lost during the last six months. For Amit Shah the only request is not to force the Prime Minister of India to become a party campaigner in assembly elections.

Let's hope India gets back Prime Minister Modi of 2014, the strong statesman and the man of action following his 27th November Parliament speech.

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