In the last couple of years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become a meaningful player in the new multipolar reality of the world.
India became one of the few members of the space club when it landed, for the first time, a probe on the Moon’s south pole.
He flexed his geopolitical muscles both at the BRICS Summit in South Africa, and also as the G20 host.
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Then, both Canada and, lately, the US have accused the Indian state of being behind assassination plots against Sikh separatists, that New Delhi considers ‘terrorists’.
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As a result, the recent state-level elections were seen as a test of Modi’s leadership.
Elections in Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Chhattisgarh states have frequently been described as the ‘semi-finals’ to the grand finale, which is the 2024 national election.
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Modi’s ruling party ended up tightening its grip over India’s populous northern belt.
The New York Times reported:
“The results of voting for the governments of four states, with a cumulative population of more than 240 million people, were another blow to the dwindling fortunes of the main opposition party, the Indian National Congress. The party, which ruled for a majority of India’s history as a republic, has struggled to claw its way back after Mr. Modi rose to national power in 2014.
The Congress party was hoping to use the state elections to build momentum for national elections next spring, but instead lost all three states in which it was pitted against Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P.”
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Modi’s B.J.P. party re-elected its government in Madhya Pradesh, with an even larger margin, and also toppled Congress Party
Source: The Gateway Pundit