THE victory in the Indian election of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the crushing defeat of Congress mark a historic change in the political landscape of the neighbouring countries. It is the first single-majority party government in India in thirty years. It is the first non-Congress government in three decades that has won with a resounding majority. Indeed, the BJP's electoral victory also signifies a change from dynastic rule.
The last five years of Manmohan's government were marked by weak and indecisive governance. Red tape bogged down UPA government's every step and economic growth plummeted to 5% from 10% the term before. Corruption scandals stalked the government and tarnished its image. Narendra Modi projected himself capable of providing strong and effective governance. A turn-around in the economy with jobs for the burgeoning unemployed struck a chord with voters. He optimally utilised the social media to connect with the young voters. Modi's projection of himself at the helm of the BJP was also welcomed by the business community. His coming to power exudes investors' confidence. Now that victory is his, the onus on Modi is that much greater to deliver.
Coming to Bangladesh, as Modi is not dependent on support of any regional party, he is expected to deliver on unresolved issues, namely, Teesta water sharing and border enclave exchange. We wholeheartedly look forward to a speedy resolution of these issues. We congratulate the BJP on its landmark victory and wish Narendra Modi a successful tenure. We hope that the partly divisive image that came through during his campaign will be shunned now that he is prime minister of India.