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The BJP/NDA’s stunning performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha can be attributed to a number of factors. The most prominent of them is the brilliant campaign run by Narendra Modi, who will be India’s next Prime Minister.
However, the conditions for Modi’s rise were set by the ineffectiveness of the Congress in UPA-II, argues Firstpost editor-in-chief R Jagannathan. The Congress’ failure to build on the success of UPA-I and deliver on the economic front created the space for someone like Modi to come to the forefront.
He said that Congress' failings were the 'underpinning' for someone like a Modi to project himself as a solution to all the problems and that people voted for him because he behaved like a prime minister and not a doormat.
With the Congress getting thrashed in the elections and recording its worst performance by a substantial margin in the history of independent India – Jaganathan says it is time to get rid of the Gandhi family, which has become a millstone around the party’s neck.
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Updated Date: May 16, 2014 19:02:45 IST