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NDA 3.0: Coalition Dharma

By Our Editorial Team
First publised on 2024-06-05 03:20:36

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Sunil Garodia The India Commentary view

In an surprising verdict, India's voters showed immense maturity to rubbish claims of 400 paar and exit poll calculations to end BJPs (and NDAs) brute majority of two successive Lok Sabha elections and gave the INDIA alliance a lot of clout by voting in a strong opposition to keep a check on the ruling party. This time, the BJP got it all wrong, did not keep its ear to the ground and could not build a narrative that could send voters scurrying to the polling booths to press the lotus button. The Ram Mandir did not work for it (the party lost the Faizabad LS seat which includes Ayodhya), neither did the impressive GDP numbers nor the welfare policies. Anti-incumbency was strong - but not strong enough to dislodge the NDA which returns will a vastly reduced majority.

In UP, Modi's refrain of 'do shehzade' in reference to the status of Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav fell flat as the voters plumped for the two so-called princes and left the BJP high and dry. Six of NDA ministers, including the high profile Smriti Irani, lost in the state and PM Modi's victory margin was reduced from 4.8 lakh in 2019 to just 1.5 lakh this time. The losses in UP were too big and could not be made up elsewhere and it meant that the party did not secure a majority on its own for the first time since 2014. In the process, the party will now form the government by accommodating fickle allies like Chandrababu Naidu and Nitish Kumar who have a record of leaving alliances. Already, the Congress is saying that it will send feelers to the two on behalf of the INDIA alliance to explore the possibility of forming a government with their help.

It is now clear that NDA 3.0 will not be a stable government as it has unreliable allies and a strong opposition bloc breathing down its neck. Yet, it has the mandate and must get down to work. Prime Minister Modi has already thanked the people for giving NDA a historic third mandate and has said that the crusade against corruption will continue. But with wings clipped, the new government will not be able to rush through legislation in Parliament and use central agencies in a discriminatory manner. NDA 3.0 must work for development and must weed out controversial items on the BJP agenda to provide a stable government.