New Delhi; Prime Minister Narendra Modi finishes seven years in the top position of the nation this week between what he has defined as a “once in a century pandemic”. Amid the dangerous second surge of COVID-19, his party, the BJP, rather spending many political assets in the West Bengal Assembly elections, failed the Trinamool Congress. This was a remark on the administration of the pandemic in its second avatar, particularly in the succeeding stages of polling. Will the seven-year itch, that whip of office and other partnerships, hit Mr. Modi, as it did his forerunners from Indira Gandhi in 1973-74 to Manmohan Singh in 2011 onwards? Or will his dream run at the hustings proceed?
According to political scientist Ashwani Kumar of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the pandemic is no more concise than a “tsunami”, obstructing subsisting images of governance and existence, focused on health resources. “Though I hesitate to foretell, the future of the ruling BJP government hinges on how quickly and effectively it addresses the issue of mass vaccination of people especially belonging to marginalized and poorer segments of society. The pandemic has frightened to test the march of the BJP from an ideological movement, then party and now the government,” he said. Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh in February-March, he continued, “promise to become a plebiscite on the BJP”.
“The pandemic has revealed the widening recesses between the government and the party, marking the party’s status as a social service organization and carrier of social center. In brief, the government requires to reveal an Indian alternative of national reconstruction-a people-centric Marshall design to regenerate, improve well-being infrastructure in the various States, revise the architecture of federal government and prolong the span of individual decisions in times of existential dilemma. And most importantly, perhaps necessarily, the country needs a restorative method, stretching out to lamenting families and individuals, no matter how weak or rich, how remote or well-connected they are. This is where the future of the national BJP government resides, at least in the immediate future,” he stated.