Opinion | First-past-the-post elections and their perplexities
In 2014, only 31% of voters opted for BJP. Even if they all backed Modi, it’s only 20% of all eligible voters
The new litmus test for being a patriot is whether one is with or against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members insist that “being anti-Modi is anti-national". The odd thing is that the numbers show that most of India was never “with" Narendra Modi. Even as India was awash in the “Modi wave" in 2014, with the BJP winning 282 Lok Sabha seats, only one in five eligible voters actually voted for the party. So, 80% of Indians were “anti-national" and 2019 may be no different.