22 years of happiness, now five years of pain! Modi will be drenched in sweat while running the government for the first time

Ananya Shroff
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New Delhi: In 2001, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave the order and Narendra Modi suddenly became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. He had not contested any election, but the assembly elections were held the next year. In 2002, Narendra Modi had to lead his party in the Gujarat assembly elections for the first time. In the 182-seat assembly, BJP won 127 seats with 49.85% votes. Modi managed to retain power in Gujarat with a clear majority. Since then, his streak of leading majority governments has continued. After forming majority governments for the second and third time in the 2007 and 2012 Gujarat assembly elections, Modi came to central politics and maintained the same dominance.

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This trend that started in Gujarat continued in the Centre as well, but…

In 2014, he won 282 seats, 10 more than the majority figure, and formed the government at the center for the first time and became the Prime Minister of the country. In 2019, Modi's charisma was at its peak and BJP got 21 more seats. Due to development in 10 years, welfare schemes and many other strong fronts including favorable caste equations, BJP gave the slogan 'Abki Baar 400 Paar' in the 2024 elections, but when the results came on June 4, the trend that started from Gujarat in 2002 was broken. BJP, which entered the electoral fray under the leadership of Modi, remained away from the majority figure for the first time. Limited to 240 seats, BJP and Narendra Modi have had to take the help of crutches to form a new government. For Narendra Modi, this is like walking on Agnipath. Efforts are being made to make this path as easy as possible.

Team Modi is working hard to maintain coordination with allies

Actually, the new cabinet of Modi government will take oath on June 9. The formula for including allies in the government has also come to the fore. It is being said that in the new government of National Democratic Alliance (NDA), one minister will be made for every four MPs of the allies. Efforts are on to form a sustainable government with the cooperation of all parties. On Thursday, the top leaders of BJP remained engaged in this discussion and senior party leaders were engaged to talk to the allies. Several meetings were held at the residence of BJP Chief JP Nadda. In the morning, senior BJP leaders Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and General Secretary BL Santosh held a marathon meeting with Nadda. The party leaders also met senior officials of RSS separately. Nadda and Shah met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in the evening.

Round of meetings inside BJP too

Nadda and Shah also held meetings with outgoing ministers Piyush Goyal, Ashwini Vaishnav, Mansukh Mandaviya and party general secretaries Vinod Tawde and Tarun Chugh. BJP sources said that talks with allies regarding portfolios have not yet taken a formal shape. But all NDA allies agree that there should be no obstacle in government formation. He said that the BJP is confident that apart from the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, four major departments like Home, Finance, Defense and Foreign Affairs as well as ministries related to the life of the common man will remain with it.

TDP is citing Atal government

A senior party leader said that in the NDA government led by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the post of Lok Sabha Speaker was given to the TDP but it did not take any ministerial post. Sources in the N Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP said that since its primary focus is on Andhra Pradesh and its development, the party may demand portfolios that will help speed up the completion of Polavaram irrigation project and the state's new capital Amaravati.

When asked about the portfolios demanded by the TDP, party MP Ram Mohan Naidu told our sister publication The Economic Times (ET), “Our priority is development of Andhra Pradesh and fulfilling the aspirations of the people. Our party chief will take a decision based on that.” He said the TDP is committed to a smooth and stable NDA government at the Centre under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There are indications that both the TDP and the JD(U), key alliance partners, are demanding financial assistance or special status for Andhra Pradesh and Bihar. This will be Narendra Modi's first experience of running a government on conditions.

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