Modi’s BJP Confident to Sway Voters Smitten by His Charisma in Home State Gujarat

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Hi, I am Paresh Jatakia and I write about IPOs and new stocks from Mumbai. I hail from Bhavnagar in the western Indian state of Gujarat, home to the world’s largest ship-breaking yard. The constituency, where elections will be held on May 7, has voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in every poll since 1991 and the party won all seats in the state in the previous federal election in 2019. Things may be the same this time as well, with the BJP using an uncontested victory scored by a candidate in Surat to project its sway and deflect from controversy generated by the chief minister’s remarks about the powerful Rajput community.

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Allegations of sexual abuse and assault were made against Prajwal Revanna, a leader of Janata Dal (S), BJP’s ally in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. The party suspended Revanna, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda’s grandson, while the Congress-led state government formed a team to probe the matter. Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra attacked Modi for his silence on the issue, while BJP’s Amit Shah blamed the Karnataka government for not acting on the case.

Separately, at an election rally in Maharashtra’s Latur, Modi said that his government’s approach on tackling terror has seen a sea change compared to what was followed during the Congress regime as these days India kills terrorists on their own turf.

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Al Jazeera reported that prime minister Narendra Modi’s cult-like popularity appears untouched by many voters’ dissatisfaction over their economic situation. Its report cited a recent survey that showed that inflation and a lack of jobs are the top concerns for Indians, but voters’ faith in Modi remained largely unshaken.

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