Modi’s Charisma Has Come Down, 2019 Will be Difficult: Sikkim MP and BJP Ally P.D. Rai
He also said that BJP's divisive tactics had invited a backlash.
In an exclusive interview to news agency IANS, Sikkim’s sole MP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ally P.D. Rai said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma had weakened and that it would be very difficult for the BJP to come to power in 2019 general elections, if it had to face a united opposition.
Rai’s party, the Sikkim Democratic Front, is a part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). He said that the divisive politics of the BJP is also inviting a ‘backlash. “We, as a regional party, will surely win the next election. But on the national scene, I think the charisma of Modiji has come down. The divisiveness with which the BJP has acted is something whose backlash is already coming,” he told IANS.
Rai, a two-term MP and an IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Ahmedabad alumnus, reportedly added that the intelligentsia in India had become dissatisfied with the Modi government especially in the light of the government’s alleged attacks on the independence of institutions like the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He told IANS, “This perhaps may go against the BJP.”
He also spoke about the Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s leadership, saying that he had managed to keep both the young leaders and the old guard happy. “He has also understood that he has not only to back young people but also to look at the senior people as they are very valuable within the party. This (appointment of Kamal Nath and Ashok Gehlot as chief ministers) has sent out a good message to the senior cadre of the Congress. This is something which, I believe, is a very positive development for the Congress,” said Rai, reported IANS.