Published: Mon, May 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

'Goons vandalised vehicle in front of cops', BJP candidate in Bengal

'Goons vandalised vehicle in front of cops', BJP candidate in Bengal

A day before the final phase of Lok Sabha Election in West Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has appealed to chief election commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora in a letter to ensure the polling in the nine parliamentary constituencies without any "interference" and "intervention" of the Narendra Modi government and ruling BJP at the Centre. Narendra Modi will be the PM."Modi has been extensively criticised by the Opposition and Indian National President Rahul Gandhi for not holding a single press conference since he came to power". However, our reading is that it will come back to power with Modi at the helm and we believe that in the next five years, India will witness a massive "shake" at both the domestic and worldwide levels as well as institutional changes in the economic front-something similar to what was witnessed when India opened its economy in the 1990s.

Opinion polls, although unreliable, predict that the BJP may lose seats this time despite its formidable campaigning machine, meaning it might need a coalition to form a new government.

"The EC used to be feared and respected".

An Indian election official (right) marks a finger of voter as she prepares to cast her vote in Amritsar. "Not anymore", Gandhi said, without giving any details.

The prime minister's announcement came two days ahead of the final phase of the staggered Lok Sabha battle and less than a week before votes are counted. It does seem from what the polls are saying that throughout west and north India, with perhaps the exception of UP and Punjab, there could be a one-way wave in favour of the BJP and when waves of that kind take place, actual results tend to surprise.

"People are divided for many reasons. The Balakot strike has struck a very emotive chord and it is likely to emerge as a huge plus point for Modi", she said.

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Kerala's Temple Run-insIn Kerala too, BJP which had no allies in place, is expected to report a dismal performance, and would be lucky to retain the single seat they won past year. He has adopted a nationalist pitch in trying to win votes from the country's Hindu majority by projecting a tough stance against Pakistan, India's Muslim-majority neighbor and archrival.

Congress and other opposition parties have challenged Modi over a high unemployment rate of 6.1% and farmers' distress aggravated by low crop prices. A haphazard implementation of "one nation, one tax" - a goods and services tax - also hit small and medium businesses.

This time BJP is likely to demonstrate encouraging results as the party might snatch almost 20 seats from BJD in the recently concluded polls.

Voter turnout in the first six rounds was approximately 66%, the Election Commission said, up from 58% in the last national election in 2014.

Neelanjan Sircar, a political science professor at Ashoka University near New Delhi, said opposition groups were looking to tap into anger against Modi and the BJP's strong grassroots machinery that helped it win in 2014.

A Congress-led government would require a major electoral upset.

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