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Republic TV national approval ratings: Why Narendra Modi's popularity still remains intact?
Republic TV's national approval ratings conducted with the help of C Voter show that Narendra Modi is clearly ahead as most popular Prime Minister at 62.7 per cent.

Rahul Gandhi stands at the second position with 12.6 per cent followed by Sonia Gandhi (4.4 per cent), Manmohan Singh (4.3 per cent), Arvind Kejriwal (1.6 per cent), Nitish Kumar (1.5 per cent). When only two options were given for Prime Ministerial choice, 66 per cent people chose Narendra Modi, 28 per cent chose Rahul Gandhi and the remaining 6 per cent chose none.

Narendra Modi has definitely delivered some positives such as strong leadership to the nation. He is also a hard working Prime Minister, brave enough to take strong decisions and his government remained reasonably honest or say scam free till date. He has also implemented a lot of public benefiting programmes. Not only India, but the world also sees him as a no-nonsense leader who is honestly working for the upliftment of the nation.

However, there have been failures too. Although his government took stringent steps like demonetisation to curb black money, but still not many black money hoarders have been booked yet. Corruption still remains deeply rooted within the bureaucracy. The economy's health is not good at the moment although it is likely to improve. Many experts think that Arun Jaitley should be sacked from the finance ministry because he is not capable of managing the economy.

An eye catching failure is with the agrarian sector. Despite electoral promises, Narendra Modi-led government till date has failed in uplifting the distressed farmers. Even the electoral promise of providing MSP (50 per cent of input cost) to agricultural produce has not been fulfilled. The government has also failed in generating employment opportunities. India's GDP is mostly dependant on the service sector and service sector is never known for employment generation. Another reason of unemployment is lack of skill among the educated youth.

Although the MUDRA scheme did partly succeeded in generating employment but that success remains insignificant as more and more unemployed youth join the existing population each year. 'Make in India' is yet to kick start. Big ticket reforms in social sector are yet to take place. Other social parameters that remain unchanged are health, connectivity, primary education (rural), tribal welfare etc.

If we expect that Narendra Modi will make India developed in just five years then we are in living in a fool's paradise. It requires much more time. The only consolation is that Narendra Modi has intent and is doing hard work to achieve significant growth in all indexes.

In a democracy, the government should always be criticised for its failures despite the intent and hard work. Criticism should always be ruthless one. However, one should understand that criticism shouldn't cross the thin line and turn into cynicism. And I feel that's the root cause of Modi's popularity.

The opposition in India blames Narendra Modi for all and sundry under the Sun. Their criticism has in fact become cynical which the public understands. That's why when there's a genuine criticism of his failure, people consider it as routine cynicism by the opposition.

Let's look the above popularity figures once again. There was a time when Arvind Kejriwal was ranked above Rahul Gandhi in popularity for the Prime Minister's post. Now he is trailing with just 1.6 per cent. It's because he over indulged in opposing for just opposition sake. That's why he lost both popularity and credibility.

The closest rival of Narendra Modi in popularity was Nitish Kumar. Had the Congress named Nitish Kumar as the Prime Ministerial candidate by 2015, I think Narendra Modi would have been facing huge competition by now. But despite Nitish Kumar's popularity he had no organisation outside Bihar and even in Bihar his organisation's strength is at number 3. Thus he found it better to join Narendra Modi for his longer political success as Bihar leader.

Thus, in conclusion, a popular leader can remain popular despite some glaring failures in the absence of a credible alternative. I think that's the reason why Narendra Modi still maintains his popularity.

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