Narenda Modi has been re-elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, with the BJP taking 117 out of 182 seats in the state assembly, 10 fewer than in 2002, though more than expected:
“Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Hinduvtaâ€™s poster boy, on Sunday led the BJP to a spectacular victory in the state, crushing the Congress and catapulting himself firmly on the national political stage.
A triumphant Narendra Modi thanked the people of the state for once again reposing faith in him and appealed to all political parties to have a positive attitude and help him build a ‘Golden Gujarat’.”
“The dejected Congress admitted that Modi’s showing was a remarkable achievement and said that the party was deeply disappointed with its own performance in Gujarat. Gujarat’s Muslims welcomed Modi’s victory in the Assembly elections, hoping for continued peace and economic development over the next five years.
Civil society and human rights activists also felt the heat of Modiâ€™s victory in a different parameter and said that Modi’s victory in the Gujarat Assembly elections was a “wake up call” for the people to be more “responsive” to issues of human rights. Terming his election victory as a â€˜positive voteâ€™, Modi urged all parties and â€œall those who love Gujarat to rise above political equations and rededicate themselves for the progress of the stateâ€.”
Why does Modi matter so much? Apart from the fact that he has not been seriously investigated by the Indian police despite there being strong evidence of his involvement in the massacres, Modi is a man on the rise. While he is not yet BJP leader, it is surely only a matter of time before this popular and successful politican takes over from the eighty-year old L. K. Advani. If things continue the way they are, he could well be Indian prime minister and one of the most powerful men in the world.
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