PM Modi's ascension to top post was a watershed moment

The year 2014 marked a great political change in Indian politics with Narendra Modi, who served as Gujarat Chief Minister for nearly 13 long years, stormed to power at the Centre in May general election.

India for the first time saw a man born in a very humble family and worked as a tea seller on railway platforms in his childhood, rose to the top job. Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of world's largest democracy.

2014 general election was remarkable in many ways. It was for the first time in last 30 years that any political party got clear majority in the lower House of the Parliament- the Lok Sabha, and the BJP got its highest ever tally with 282 seats.

Congress, which ruled in the country for more than five decades since Independence and has been leading a coalition Government at the Centre for the last one decade, saw its worst ever electoral defeat. The party ended up with just 44 of 543 Lok Sabha seats.

BJP’s victory under Modi’s leadership was phenomenal in one more way that it marked the end of the era of coalition or minority governments which began with 1989 Lok Sabha election.

BJP came into existence only about 35 years back and in 1984 Lok Sabha election, it had won just two Lok Sabha seats. But in the next three decades, the party expanded its mass base and succeeded to get a clear majority on its own this year.

Earlier, the BJP had headed a coalition government at the Centre between 1998-2004 under Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

It was in March 2013 when the BJP sent a clear message that it was gearing up to hand over party's baton into the hands of Narendra Modi, who was appointed to the the party's Parliamentary Board, the party's highest decision-making body. Later in June, Modi was appointed as chairman of the party's Central Election Campaign Committee in Goa.

Finally in September 2013, Modi was announced as BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha poll.

Factors like Gujarat's phenomenal economic development under Narendra Modi's Chief Ministership, his pitch to build a strong India by making it free from poverty and deprivation and promise for a strong and effective foreign policy charmed the people in a great way.

Modi had addressed over 400 rallies between September 2013 and May 2014 during which he promised a vibrant and participatory democracy, inclusive and sustainable development, quality life, productive youth, globally competitive economy, open and transparent government, pro-active and pro-people good governance.

Soon the slogans like ‘Ab Ki Baar, Modi Sarkaar (this time Modi Government) and 'Achchhe Din Aane Wale Hain' (good days are around) swept the country and all these factors together propelled the BJP to register a magnificent victory in the Lok Sabha election.

Courtesy Niti Central


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