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Is PM Modi’s popularity like a ‘Fizz’ in a soda bottle?

By Chris Emmanuel D'Souza

Mangaluru, Dec 14: The results of the three major assembly elections in Rajasthan , Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have boosted the image of Congress party and highlighted the decline of Modi-Shah’s popularity in India’s Hindi Belt. Former Indian Cricketer turned politician Navjoth Singh Sidhu quoted after his party’s win that ‘Narendra Modi’s popularity is a like a ‘Fizz’ in a Soda bottle’. This seems to be a hard reality in 2018 four and half years after a landslide victory for the BJP under Narendra Modi’s aura of splendid public image. In a pleasant note, it has sent some relief to theprime Time TV audience, as the media is in a bit of a silence, as it is recovering after the results. Unlike as in the past, the Prime Minister chose against from blaming Jawaharlal Nehru to BJP’s humiliating defeat 54 years after his demise?

PM Narendra Modi

Some in the BJP camp have brushed these defeats as ‘small frictions’ before the general elections in the summer of 2019. Despite such confidence, it is very clear that Modi-Shah’s popularity has stunted. The promises of the stars and the moon that this duo made in their hyperbolic speeches have gone over people’s heads. The other important aspect for major triumph in politics is momentum, which BJP has lost over the years and the months to scores of scams, fraudulent dealings, and the inability to provide basic economic and social stability in the country.

The BJP and its allies rely decisively on Modi-Shah’s magic wand. The Karnataka and the Gujarat elections which had been on the verge of slipping away from the BJP’s hold, managed toswing back in the last minute. The fate of BJP hangs in the balance of this duopoly of Modi and Shah. The strategy of Modi-Shah duo is purely election-based politics. This has also manipulated the country as only an election-based democracy, once the elections are done and dusted, democracy retreats to darkness.They primarily focused on winning at all cost by hook or crook. They would take any route,buy politicians, industrialists, journalists, poll statisticians and even godmen.When they had enough, they decide to throw them to the fire. They installed controversial and sadistic candidates like Yogi Adityanath and comical candidates like Biplab Deb Kumar, both of whom were not chosen by the people’s mandate. In their desperate desire to win and seek power, the duopoly of Modi-Shah fell short to oversee the routine activities of the administration. The cracks of mistrust and doubt within the party and in the Prime Ministers Office that had opened up in the early 2014 and have now stretched a bit far. The differences in the administration have blown out open in the public, as resignations and terminations are in full swing.

Modi-Shah duo

One of the most repulsive government manufactured scams in the history of Indian independence, The Notebandi (Demonetisation) in November 2016, has played a pivotal role in the drowning of a populist leader like Narendra Modi, a decision that had been taken with utmost secrecy leading to a towering loss to common public and small traders. The subsequent absconding of fraudulent businessmen close to the Prime Minister, The controversial Raphael Deal, Mob lynching incidents, farmer suicides, soaring inflation, unemployment and directionless policies of the Modi government have all jumbled together in its latest trouncing. There is a growing belief with the large number of population, that the government is in total disconnect with the common man. Much like the UPA government in its second phase, the Modi-Shah lead government behaves like aloudspeaker but listens very little. The people who come out and vote waiting in long queues are the poor, downtrodden and significantly the rural belt (which makes up over 70 percent of Indian population). The young urban class knee-jerk trolls in the social media, are only as good as the speed of the internet, they are not going to serve as a vote bank to win major elections. Therefore, the expenditure on social media and the IT cell is a colossal waste.

The defeat to India’s biggest and the richest political party is also a victory to India’s own grand old party, the Congress. This is a puff of oxygen to the Congress, as the party was mocked to be fallen into coma, after losing series of elections over the last four years. The ideology of the party, its leadership and its future were at stake, but with a re-energised Rahul Gandhi and young guns like Sachin Pilot, it has sent warning signs to the ruling party going forward to the general elections. Although not a clear majority, it has been a close win. The vote shares depict the divided picture of states. The congress grass root level structure is unorganised and lacks coordination and is affecting its potential to mobilise voters. The BJP has taken this setback seriously and may bring out several trump cards out of the closet. The cards that most of us could guess, through whispers. Nevertheless, the 2019 general elections would certainly turn out be tense and will also predict the future of the country.

Chris Emmanuel D'Souza

(Views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the article belong solely to the author)

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  • monu, mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    The Supreme Court ruling on Rafale and the developments on Michel and the Mallya's extradition and now the warrant against Choksi come at a time when the Parliament's Winter Session is underway and despite their poll victory (which has come after a long wait) Opposition is cornered in both Houses.

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  • mahesh, mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Congress won 6 elections out of 38 after Rahul was given prominence.
    Guess that says lot about the fizz.

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Look like BJP mukth on its horizon. Where are astrology predict Mota and ChOta future after losing 2019. Common man suffered a lot of demonize currency. It's effect of poor people stop voting such idiots. Poor man suffer a lot from grocery to hospital payment of such idiots decision. What become rich few bunch of his buddies . Enough is enough. My poor father had some notes of saved money he lost of all of them. He is asking me what is that means. He is 90 yrs old and has no clue of such thing

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  • Michael, Mangalore/US

    Sat, Dec 15 2018

    You are one among them. If he did not know, it was your duty to tell him that because there was enough time to deposit limited amount of money. If you had in millions, that is your problem. I have full sympathy for your father, if you did not tell him and he lost money.

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  • William DSouza, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018


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  • Amith, NAGPUR

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    As per today's SC verdict, Supreme Court won't find any faults in EVM !!!!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Rahul Gandhi removed Modi's Fizz in Rajastan, Chattisgrah & Madhya Pradesh ...

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  • Max, Bengalaru

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Modi is definitely going to get a second term. Let anyone say anything. Just wait and watch. Only few people commenting (biased) here cant decide it. Love him or hate him...he is here to stay for another 10 years...

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  • Sanjeev Kamath, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Indians prefer to be slaves of freebies & short term benefits than long term, stable, positive developments. We are surely progressing towards 1950s now in some states!

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Kamather Frustrated...

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    humans needs humans government. not pettha government. v c in many states worse Dan 1950's. humans chose not petta minister like in rajasthan. virtually v have tuglaq-raaj.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    I think main reason for BJP's downfall is, they hijacked majority religion and portrayed themselves as they are owners and custodians of the religions. Thanks to bhakthas for endorsing it and the seers joined main stream politics forgetting their religious boundary and duty. Guess now general public do not care on the promise of Mandir along with unrealistic promises. Common man is feeling the heat of fuel price though most of them ride two wheeler!! But bhakthas put a brave front saying they support Modi even if petrol is 200 Rs per L. Small time and lower medium business entrepreneurs are choked with Mo-Sha effect of demon and GST. Total job loss and farmers at wits end as gujju force supported their business alleys.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    ಸಂಬಿತ್ ಪಾತ್ರ.

    ಸಿಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಸೂತ್ರ.

    ಹುಡುಕುವನು ಗೋತ್ರ.

    ಬೇಡ, ಬೇಡ ಗೋಮೂತ್ರ.

    ಪಾತ್ರನಿಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಯಾರ ಪುತ್ರ.

    ಭಕ್ತರು ಹೇಳುವುದು 56 ಇಂಚು ಗಾತ್ರ.

    ಕಣ್ಣು ಇದ್ದು ಕುರುಡರು. ಮುಚ್ನಿದರು ನೇತ್ರ.

    ಹೇಳುವುದೇ ಸುಳ್ಳು ಫೇಕು ಮತ್ತೆ ಡ‍ಾಕು ಮಾತ್ರ.

    NDTV ಅ್ಯಂಕರ್ ಹೇಳಿದ್ರು ಬರುವುದೇ ಬೇಡ ಹತ್ರ.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    ಸಂಬಿತ್ ಪಾತ್ರನಿಗೆ ಇದರ ಮೇಲಿದ್ದು ನನ್ನ ಪ್ರಿತಿಯ ಪತ್ರ.

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  • Manju, Kasaragodu/Mangaluru

    Fri, Dec 14 2018 this to the maximum...then the "majority" will decide the fate of this country... we will tolerate ..but there is a limit...2019...u will see that...

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  • Chandu, Karla

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Manju, take it easy... It's just a poetry not EVM programming. You can only decide for yourself and not for the majority. Just see how's the arrogant were humbled in MP, Rajasthan and Chattisgarh.

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  • Narendra Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    After 2019 general elections and its results with a change in new government, FEKHU & DAAKHU will be investigated thoroughly for the scams committed through corporate nexus.

    The first and foremost should be the farmers crop insurance scheme-"Scam"(Anil Dhirubhai Ambani's Reliance Insurance) which has swindled thousands of crores of farmers money which is a curse for our "Mithron" Fekhu P.M Mr. Narendra Modi & his party.

    One of the hollow,cheap,crap,lier, uncivilized P.M of our waste nation which he has turned into a 'Taliban Hindu Bharat' uncivilized(mob lynching) and a dictatorial nation(not a democratic anymore).

    Forget the FIZZ IN SODA....
    The BJP is now ready
    and upto loot the RBI's reserves after they completely failed in their devide and rule governance which we have to wait & see in the coming days.

    Even educated Bhakts are still ready to lick his ....

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  • V. Kumar, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    PM Modi is a good orator, no doubt. But paid electronic , social and print media are busy praising him day and night. Simply exagerating the facts, false propoganda and fake news. BJP has failed miserably in every field.PM Modi has failed to fulfill his promises. So people have lost faith in PM Modi and BJP. They cant fool the people for long. Wait for 2019 Lok Sabha election and see the reality. Demonitisation, unemployment, hike in petrol, iesel and cooking gas etc have exposed BJP's false promises.

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  • Raghavendra M K, Mumbai Maharashtra

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    one have to believe on the comments by Navjoth sidhu because he was with bjp and closely watching modi amit shah's If we observe and if take into consideration the percentage of votes and seats won by BJP in recent state elections of gujarat, karnataka, MP rajasthan chathishgad, mizoram and telengana one can judge now itself BJP will loose atleast 90 parliament members in next general election If modi again promises to the people of india that what ever the promises he made will fulfilled by him upto year 2021 people won't believe. it conclued now that bjp lost ground all over India. if state/or general election held now in bihar and UP bjp will surely loss these states also.

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  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Bannur, Puttur / Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    ಅತ್ತ, ಇತ್ತ.

    ಒಂಜಿ ಪೆತ್ತ, ಪೆತ್ತ.

    ಇತ್ತೆ ಆಪುಜಿ ಕೆಬಿ ಕುತ್ತ.

    ಜನಕ್ಕುಲ್ ಕೊರ್ತೆರ್ ಬೆತ್ತ.

    ಪತ್ತದ ಅಂಬಿ ಕಂಗ್-ಕ್ ಪಾಡ್ತ.

    ಪವರ್-ತ ಹಾಂಕಾರ ಏರ್ತಂಡ್ ಪಿತ್ತ.

    ಭಕ್ತನಕ್ಕುಲ್ ಕೇನೊಂದು ಉಲ್ಲೆರ್ ಸುತ್ತ, ಮುತ್ತ.

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  • Shoan D Souza, Sacheripet

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Josepham, your poetry is not less than Yogaraj Bhat, Dhundiraj. Very funny, timely and has deep meaning.
    Is bhaar Rahul baba sarkar, Modi ka haath meh chai ka kettle.

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  • Suman, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Although I disagree with your comment, I appreciate your talent. It is nice.

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  • Rion, Udupi

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Soon you will see Modi chai selling in the country

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    inka bakwas janata bundh karega. vikaas congress karega. rahulko lavo desh bachavo.

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  • roshan, mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Konsi desh bachana he thume Pakistan ya India. Congress jeetega tho Pakistan kush hota he. Thume terrorist palna he kya. Attack on Taj, Suicide bombs yaad karo thumare congress ruleme.

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    where is 10 heads of pakistani soldiers 4 and indian dying 1 soldier. r u in pakistan. addressing an election rally in bihar daaku asked da audience if they wanted crackers to go off in Pakistan while appealing 2 them 2 vote for da bjp-led nda.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Rahul certainly deserving a stand up ovation.He beat so called heavy weight Mr. Modi,Amit shah and Mr. Yogi.People rejected them of their false promise and arrogant attitude towards human beings.Waiting 2019.Let see what happen?

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  • Santosh Santhu, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Well written article.. simple and factual...

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  • Chris, Tel Aviv

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Indians should unite and throw these worthless gujjus out next year .

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  • Praveen, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    People came to know the definition of feku and pappu.... And the difference between these acche din and those boore din.....

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  • Jazz, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Hasn't had the courage to have one press conference to face live questions in 5 years of his tenure.

    Attends only scripted interviews. Without his IT Cell he has no mileage.

    BJP trying to control RBI is shocking, people should look beyond his tall dream castle building claims.

    Get ready for more communal clashes, price fluctuations, hatred speeches, crocodile tears now sice he knows winning next term is no more a cakewalk.

    India, you deserve better than a much lesser learned PM. Indians are deciding their own fate. One more term of this PM will send India into an irreversible catastrophe. The economy may never recover.

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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Absolutely, Jazz, couldn't agree more.

    I had to say it in words, just AGREE woudn't have done justice to your skillfully crafted comment.

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  • Charan Amin, Dubai

    Fri, Dec 14 2018


    It is easy to sit on the couch and comment and remember what a less learned PM has achieved in his life we cannot even dream. Regarding the poll loss, around 34 seats BJP has lost with a margin of few hundred of votes and vote share of NOTA is more than than the winning votes of Congress. It shows that people have not ACCEPTED even Congress as the best alternative to BJP. PM Modi is still favorite for the 2nd term and he deserves it. Wait and watch.

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  • kp, udupi

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    you are right, Whatever comments from majority and media but the fact is only because of 15 years of single party rule definitely incumbency factor worked .But it is not true that it is against PM Modi or BJP. Assembly election and Parliament elections are fought on different leadership and issues .
    One can observe there is only 1% difference in votes share.
    Ultimately Modi is the only alternate for the present situation in national politics. He is real Deshbhakth working for nation and not for self unlike Rahul Baba and company.
    Please record my this comment and remind me if I am wrong after 2019 LS election.

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  • Salim, Bagalkot

    Fri, Dec 14 2018

    Jazz, you are more concerned of the PM not holding press conferences. He is a man of deeds, not just a man of words. What is your opinion about the rubber stamp PM who was around for 10 years..Did he ever talk... ?forget action or deeds....Keep Burnol alongside...u people will need it very badly during 2019...

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