Loksabha Elections 2014 will be remembered for unprecedented opposition shown to Narendra Modi, who is the PM nominee of the main opposition party BJP. Never before in the history of the Indian politics, there was so much discussion and focus on the leader of an opposition party. Most surprising part of this opposition is that the candidature of Modi is not only being opposed by various political national and regional political parties, there was opposition to his candidature within his own party also.
While one could understand the opposition to the candidature of Modi within the BJP as there were more than one aspirants for the top job of PM including L.K.Advani and Sushma Swaraj. However, BJP was left with no other option but to name Modi as its PM nominee after it failed to secure a majority to form a Government in U.P. in the last Assembly Elections. Taking a lesson from its defeat in U.P. Assembly Elections, BJP ensured that it nominates him well before the Assembly Elections in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh
and Chattisgarh. The election results of these four states were clear indication to the fact that the BJP has succeeded in its strategy.
Other political parties and potential post-poll allies were highly critical to the nomination of Narendra Modi
as PM candidate, not because of his image as a “Non-secular” leader and his alleged inaction in the 2002 Gujarat
riots, but because they all knew very well that it will be very difficult to negotiate an alliance with Modi on the favorable terms, considering the attitude and aggression of Narendra Modi. Bihar
Chief Minister and JDU Leader Nitish Kumar
had to leave the alliance with BJP only due to his nomination as PM Candidate.
Most of the leaders of the regional parties (including Nitish Kumar himself) were aspiring to become the PM themselves in case of a fractured mandate .But that was possible only till the name of the Modi was not announced by the party. Once, the name of Modi was officially announced by BJP, aspirations of many regional players to become the PM somehow, became very distant dream and they all started opposing the Modi as if he is not a leader of a political party, but some enemy of the country. Congress also kept opposing him for the same reason, as it has seen the result of Modi Magic in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh. Congress knew very well that if the BJP will be in power in 2014 elections, it will be because of Narendra Modi.
Same thing happened with Third Front also. The so -called leaders of this so- called Third Front were also very disappointed as they always stand to gain when there is a fractured mandate in the elections. With Modi leading from the front for the BJP, calculations of all these so called leaders and political parties were disturbed as they sensed that there will be a decisive mandate only because of Modi factor and they will have to shut their shops and will not be in a position to blackmail the ruling party to form a Government with their support.
It is for this reason only that some parties and leaders at different points of time have given their suggestions and hints on the names of other BJP leaders as the PM nominee, because they knew very well that if some other BJP leader is declared as a PM nominee, there will be fractured mandate which will benefit them at the time of Government formation. With Modi as PM nominee, the possibility of a fractured mandate is very low and this decisive mandate, though in the interest of the nation and people, neither suits to Third Front parties nor to other regional political parties.
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