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The BJP and NDA were always expected to emerge as the biggest party and coalition respectively in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections but nobody expected the BJP to gain a majority on its own, making it the first non-Congress party to do so. It is a historic result with many implications for India’s near-term future.
According to R Jagannathan, the editor-in-chief of Firstpost, the scale of the BJP’s victory was always going to be hard to predict. Just as exuberance often takes the Sensex to heights beyond its logical level, so political exuberance has carried the BJP beyond what exit polls and experts had predicted.
With the BJP predicted to go past the 272 mark by itself, Jagannathan argues that the party will naturally want to win in 2019 as well and therefore should take the hard decisions on India’s economic development up front so it can reap the electoral gains five years from now.
He also said that the win does not necessarily mean the end of coalition politics — listen to the podcast above for that and more.
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Updated Date: May 16, 2014 15:42:48 IST