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Results 2014: Breaking Down The New Mandate

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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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