PM Modi’s critics should always remember that the fight against Modi is not personal. Although the best possible outcome for them is Narendra Modi being defeated and an alternative government coming into power, they should be ready to settle for less.
Modi’s popularity is not declining and an alternative opposition leader is not emerging as fast as his critics want to.
In this article, I would like to address the common misconception that electoral victory and defeat is the solution for everything.
I would like to remind everybody that India is a parliamentary democracy with a federal structure and the possibilities are unlimited. Let’s take a closer look at some of the possibilities.
BJP as the single largest party without a full majority
Imagine BJP as the single largest party but not securing a majority on its own. In that case, we’re not even sure if Modi will become the Prime Minister.
Even if he becomes the Prime Minister it won’t be easy for him to make controversial decisions like CAA and NRC because he’s going to have to depend on parties like JDU, YSRCP, TRS, BJD to run a stable government. In that scenario, he won’t be able to take or implement such controversial decisions.
Majority in Lok Sabha is not enough
In India, majority in Lok Sabha is not sufficient for the smooth sailing of a government. The government of the day must also have a majority in the Rajyasabha. We have seen in recent times that state prospects do not look that good for BJP like in the past. If we ensure that BJP is losing states consistently the game is not going to be easy for BJP in the parliament.
Defeating BJP in Uttar Pradesh
Well losing any other state is different from losing UP. It not only contributes one-fifth of the Loksabha MPs it also contributes one-eight of RS members. Losing UP is going to be a big loss for BJP. Unlike in the center, there seems to be an alternative for UP CM Yogi Adityanath in the form of Akhilesh Yadav and Priyanka Gandhi.
An alternative will emerge at the center eventually
It would be hard to say if it will be 2024 or 2029, but an alternative for BJP is sure to emerge. There are many names in the opposition who have people’s goodwill although they are no match to Narendra Modi at this moment. With the anti-incumbency creeping in slowly but steadily, the popularity of Modi is sure to decline and that of the opposition leaders to raise.
Until then, you need to hold the fort. You need not answer the question, If not Modi who? Modi needs to answer our questions because he is answerable to us as Prime Minister.