Verdict 2024: Voters equally surprised by outcome

Indian voters expect strong opposition to temper Modi

Politics

June 6, 2024

/ By / New Delhi

Verdict 2024: Voters equally surprised by outcome

Media India Group speaks with voters from around the country about their desires and perceptions regarding the election outcome

As the Lok Sabha election results have arrived, Media India Group delves into public opinion to capture the pulse of the nation. Through candid conversations with individuals from various backgrounds, we explore their insights and reactions to the outcome, providing a comprehensive glimpse into the diverse sentiments echoing across India.

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Following the announcement of final results in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has managed only 240 seats in the 543-member house, thus losing majority for the first time after 10 years. It is also the first time that incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a strong opposition in the Parliament as his NDA alliance has only 293 seats in the Lok Sabha, with the opposition INDIA alliance just behind at 234 seats.

In light of this, Media India Group speaks with voters from around the country about their desires and perceptions regarding the election outcome.

“The 2024 Lok Sabha elections have shown a clear shift in voter behaviour, with the BJP maintaining its dominance but facing a more competitive environment. While the strength of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership is undeniable, the rise of regional parties and a strong opposition performance will likely temper the BJP’s ability to execute its policies. The results of BJP in southern states especially in Tamil Nadu has been viewed as the political and moral defeat for BJP considering the election campaigns, rallies, exit polls, ideal clashes between parties. Hence, it continued to be the same in Tamil Nadu but this time with zero seats,” Aravindhan S, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Guru Nanak College in Chennai tells Media India Group.

Aravindhan S

Aravindhan S

“It was highly predicted that BJP will win a third consecutive term. However, with an exceptional performance by the opposition parties indicates a stark rejection of Hindu nationalism and the party is underlying ideals. While the BJP’s victory may bolster India’s international standing, concerns about social polarisation and the erosion of civil liberties persist and the change in religious and caste considerations which influenced the voting patterns and gender issues played significant outcomes in vote bank politics and election outcomes. The future term will likely witness intensified debates on these issues, as the opposition’s performance sets the stage for a gradual decline in BJP dominance,” he adds.

Riyaz Wani

Riyaz Wani

“Indian stock market has also fallen sharp and the rupee has fallen against the US dollar due to the exit polls which indicated Modi’s landslide victory. But the election results were clear disappointment for the market,” the professor says.

“The election results were a shock to me. I did not expect Congress to perform so well. Rahul Gandhi’s persistence and his unwavering struggle have truly resonated with people. He has now earned the right to be considered a leader. In 2014, people were disillusioned with Congress, leading to the BJP’s victory. In 2019, they gave the BJP another chance. However, for the past 10 years, BJP has largely focused on the promises of Article 370 and Ram Mandir to convince the voters. They should look beyond, to issues like serving the people, uplifting their lives, and fulfilling their aspirations. Immediate introspection in the light of the given conditions especially, in the face of rising opposition, will ensure the continues reign of BJP,” Riyaz Wani, Assistant Professor  of Political Science at Government Degree College Dangiwacha at Baramulla in Jammu & Kashmir, tells Media India Group.

“It was predictable that the BJP will win a third term. While this outcome might not be ideal for Indian democracy, I hope the BJP will avoid repeating the mistakes of the past decade. It is crucial for the government to focus on working for the people at the ground level, addressing their real needs and concerns. Effective governance should prioritise inclusive development, transparency and accountability. The past years have highlighted areas where improvements are necessary, and now is the time for the BJP to demonstrate genuine commitment to these principles. By doing so, they can restore faith in the democratic process and ensure that their policies truly benefit the populace. I urge the BJP to seize this opportunity to make meaningful changes and work tirelessly for the betterment of all Indians,” Sunita Devi, housewife from Sarita Vihar in South Delhi tells Media India Group.

Danish Manzoor

Danish Manzoor

“The results have truly shocked me. While the BJP has won, it is evident that their influence is waning, marking a decline for the party. Conversely, the rise of the Indian National Congress, led by Rahul Gandhi, is noteworthy. This shift signals a changing political landscape in India. It is a critical moment for the BJP to reflect on their performance and address the issues that have led to this decline. Meanwhile, the resurgence of the Congress party under Rahul Gandhi’s leadership suggests a renewed hope for a more balanced and dynamic political environment in the country,” Danish Manzoor, an athlete from Chandigarh, tells Media India Group.

Gaurav Chuhan

Gaurav Chuhan

“The election competition was neck and neck, and now we can hope for the better as it is still unclear who will form the government. Anything can happen at the last moment. Personally, I believe both parties are corrupt, but now the difference is that one is more corrupt while the other is less so. This situation presents a critical juncture for the future of our country. I hope that whichever party comes to power will prioritise genuine reforms and work towards the betterment of the people, rather than continuing the cycle of corruption and inefficiency,” Gaurav Chuhan, a student from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh tells Media India Group.

“I was sure the BJP would win because they have done so much for us, the poor people. Modi is fighting for our rights and bringing equality to our nation. His efforts to uplift the underprivileged and promote inclusive growth have been commendable. I believe he genuinely cares about the welfare of all citizens, and his policies reflect that commitment. In the future, I want Modi to continue as Prime Minister of India, as I trust his leadership and vision for a more equitable and prosperous country for everyone,” Vishnu Kumar, a shopkeeper from (where in) Bihar tells Media India Group.

“The results have shocked the whole nation. Congress fought remarkably well in this election, and I wish they could form the government. We don’t want to be ruled by an uneducated Prime Minister who knows nothing and seeks to divide India based on religion. India needs a leader who can keep people united and work for the betterment of both this generation and future generations. It is crucial to have someone in power who understands the complexities of our diverse nation and can address the real issues facing our society. We need a government that promotes inclusivity, progress, and genuine development rather than one that stokes division and caters to a narrow agenda. The hope is for a leader who prioritises education, healthcare and sustainable development, ensuring a prosperous future for all Indians,” Mehak Sharma, a resident of Lajpat Nagar in Delhi, tells Media India Group.

 

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