The overall public trust in the team led by the PM Modi has fallen to its lowest level in 4 years, according to a media reports. Its a massive setback for the ruling BJP when viewed along with the electoral reverses it saw in the recently held state elections in the Hindi heartland.
These observations may pose an immediate problem for Team Modi who had won a historic election victory and a new five year mandate in May 2014. This could also embolden the would-be successors to begin what is likely to be a long game of jostling for the prime position.
The BJP had been working hard to present Modi’s image as the leader-of-the-nation-style personality. The BJP think-tank assumes that Modi’s overall trust rating with the electorate is still intact despite rising dismay over farmers’ plight and various other unpopular government moves, apart from events in CBI, RBI, and defense circles.
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On the other hand, the opposition is quick to point out that public trust in the PM Modi has dropped sharply. Various regional leaders in the country see this as an opportunity and have somehow come together to form a ‘Mahagathbandhan’. The BJP’s Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, views this as a two-fold strategy of the opposition parties for the 2019 general elections- to pursue anti-Modi agenda and take advantage of the electoral arithmetic.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has dismissed opposition parties’ ‘Mahagathbandhan’ as nonviable and unworkable idea saying that such an alliance of random political grouping are short-lived leading invariably to political instability.
Stating that the opposition ‘Mahagathbandhan’ has already thrown up four desirous Prime Ministers wishing to challenge Modi for 2019 political battle, he further mentions that the opposition today has in their ranks people who in the past have worked with the BJP, including a few octogenarians who look to fulfil their late-life ambitions. None of them has any positive agenda of ideas to propose for the future. Negativism is writ large in their approach which is obviously bound to fail. Jaitley thus describes that the opposition’s anti-Modi agenda as a non-viable strategy.