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Mighty Modi: Decoding the myths of Lok Sabha polls 2019

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Mighty Modi
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Mighty Modi

Did the credentials of individual BJP candidates matter at all, given that the 2019 Lok Sabha victory of the BJP is being touted as a mandate for Narendra Modi?

BJP’s Ram Madhav and Amit Shah have credited Modi wave for the win. Does that mean Modi is now more powerful than the party?

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​ The myth of fame
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​ The myth of fame

BJP’s Sunny Deol beat Congressman Sunil Jakhar in Gurdaspur — a constituency Jakhar had wrested from the BJP barely two years back in a bypoll, with a victory margin that was the highest ever for the constituency at that time.

On the other hand, Urmila Matondkar, contesting on a Congress ticket from Mumbai North lost by over 4.5 lakh votes.

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​ The myth of terror tag

Pragya Singh Thakur, the BJP candidate from Bhopal and an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts, bested her Congress rival Digvijay Singh by a margin of more than 3.64 lakh votes.

On the other hand, notorious UP mafia don, Ramakant Yadav, previously a BJP MP from Azamgarh, contested on a Congress ticket from Bhadohi constituency, only to finish a poor third, with just over 25,000 votes.

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The myth of politics
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The myth of politics

Actors Ravi Kishan and Manoj Tiwari, who in the past have contested against the BJP, saw fortune smile on them once they contested as BJP candidates.

Kishen, who won from Gorakhpur, had contested on a Congress ticket in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Jaunpur, winning just 42,759 votes and finishing a dismal sixth while Tiwari, who had contested against Yogi Adityanath in 2009 from Gorakhpur on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket and lost, shifted allegiance to the BJP in 2014, winning from the North East Delhi constituency — a seat he retained with a bigger margin in 2019.

Tiwari, in fact, was even appointed the BJP Delhi unit chief in 2016 and is expected to lead the party’s charge in the 2020 Delhi assembly elections, despite being a rank outsider.

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The myth of performance
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The myth of performance

Mallikarjun Kharge, the leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party in the 16th Lok Sabha, saw his unblemished record of being undefeated in elections being tossed aside in 2019.

Same was the case in Guna, where Jyotiraditya Scindia lost his family bastion by over 1.25 lakh votes to BJP’s K P Yadav — his father Madhavrao Scindia had represented the constituency four times between 1971 and 2001 while Jyotiraditya himself has been representing it since 2002.

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