Results 2014: Breaking Down The New Mandate

So, what worked in favour of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leader Narendra Modi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections? A clear shift of Dalit/Muslim votes to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a vote for governance and leadership and a clear preference for the BJP among young voters.

That, among others, are the salient points that came across on Boom News's #TheIndiaHangout that got together Govindraj Ethiraj, Yashwant Deshmukh, founder of CVoter, Rajeeva Karandikar of Chennai Mathematical Institute and Chakshu Rai of PRS Legislative.

Some of the other key highlights of the debate:

Middle class has become a vote bank; not based on caste/religion: Deshmukh

Leaders who have performed well have defied the Modi wave: Deshmukh

Performance at the micro level matters a lot: Deshmukh

People were thinking in terms of governance: Deshmukh

10% Muslim votes to NDA, according to our calculations: Karandikar

Around 43% of 18-25 age group voters supported NDA: Karandikar

We have roughly the same demographics of people in Parliament that we had in 2009: Rai

There was anger against centre, anger against state Govt in Uttar Pradesh: Karandikar

Top three issues for voters were price rise, governance and leadership: Karandikar

Religion/Hindutva was never among the top issues this time: Karandikar

There is now enormous pressure on BJP to deliver: Karandikar

300 new members of Parliament coming in like 2009: Rai

A number of experienced MPs have lost the elections: Rai

With a weak opposition, the role of Parliament becomes more important: Rai

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