A year after coming to power, Narendra Modi hasn't proved his critics wrong; he is failing his supporters
Narendra Modi’s remarkable victory last year was possible because he made the Bharatiya Janata Party attractive beyond its core Hindu nationalist vote. From a low base of 7.74% in 1984—the first year the BJP fought elections in its current form—the party’s popular vote had risen to about a fifth of India’s electorate by 2009 (when it got 18.8% of the vote). Its share had otherwise hovered around 20-22%; its highest share had been 25.59% in 1998. Modi took the BJP’s vote to 31%, a 13 percentage-point shift over 2009.
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