The recent election results in Telangana, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh signify a clear rejection of Opposition’s false assurances and a nod to Modi ji’s assurances. The people have spoken, favouring change against the existing governments. As the Opposition parties were ruling in these states, it’s worth noting that in Madhya Pradesh, where the BJP has been in power for nearly three decades, we have secured a resounding victory.
The public verdict is crystal clear. Disenchanted with the Opposition’s credibility, grassroots support, governance models, and shortcomings in their vision or mission, the disappointment stems from past state elections where false promises were made. Congress pledged debt waivers for farmers in Madhya Pradesh but failed to deliver post-election, echoing a similar trend in Himachal Pradesh regarding the Old-age Pension Scheme (OPS). In Karnataka, the support was based on promises, but now the Deputy CM suggests diverting a fund of INR 40,000 crores meant for fulfilling those promises towards developmental activities.
While the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi made commitments, their failure to implement them is evident. The Delhi government is creating a financial burden for future generations by suspending the responsibility for electricity subsidies. In Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot’s government promised a INR 25 lakh health insurance scheme but benefited only 12 people, unlike the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, which has reached over 137 million beneficiaries.
Modi ji is fulfilling promises on all fronts, whether it’s reaching social welfare schemes to every individual without corruption or leakages, or raising India’s global profile. His commitment generates resources for effective implementation. The Indian economy is growing rapidly, fiscal consolidation is on track, inflation is under control, and India attracts the highest FDI globally, with the GDP growth rate leading the world. Public enterprises contribute to the development through increasing private investment and expenditure. Modi ji’s government is scripting a new narrative of development through fundamental infrastructure development in roads, railways, airports, ports, bridges, and rural sanitation.
Our Prime Minister is not just talking about India’s development; he asserts that India is becoming an engine of global progress. World leaders recognise and respect India’s voice on global platforms, be it the G20, World Bank, IMF, QUAD, or the UN Security Council’s permanent membership issue. Even in global conflicts such as Israel-Palestine, USA-Iran, or Ukraine-Russia, Modi’s voice is heard and valued.
India’s strategy to counter challenges, whether it’s oil imports or competing with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), showcases the commitment to India’s interests. The country continues to buy oil from Russia, and by connecting with Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Greece, it is creating a trade corridor to Europe.
India’s prestige and identity are soaring on the global stage. The successful conclusion of the G20 Summit exemplifies effective digital public infrastructure globally. Our goodwill towards providing a digital public infrastructure ecosystem to African countries is unprecedented. During the COVID-19 pandemic, India not only closed patents or vaccine deals but also initiated ‘vaccine diplomacy,’ offering cheap and free vaccines to ‘third-world’ countries.
Modi ji has changed the narrative and perception of India globally. Indians aspire for a good and peaceful life. If the economy progresses, we can generate resources for fundamental infrastructure, social welfare, and strengthen broad economic indicators. Our federal structure collaborates with state governments, and while the Centre coordinates with the states, the funds come from the Centre – whether through GST collections, direct taxes up to 42%, or sponsored Central schemes. States receive funds for schemes such as the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Ayushman Bharat, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) from the Central treasury.
People have recognised the benefits of a ‘double engine government,’ where state governments form alliances and work collaboratively. When people had to choose between false promises and Modi’s guarantee, they made their priorities clear. It would not be wrong to say that the Opposition is now unarmed to face Modi’s chariot, and the writing on the wall is clear for the 2024 general elections. The public has distinguished between false promises and Modi ji’s guarantee, securing confidence in decisive leadership for the 2024 elections.
The article is written by Gopal Krishna Agarwal, National Spokesperson, BJP