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Shekhar Gupta : Because Modiji says so

He's our most polarising leader, deeply hated by many but equally loved by more, especially the young. To extrapolate BJP's struggles in Gujarat and Karnataka to 2019 is being fatally complacent

Shekhar Gupta 

Shekhar Gupta

A striking finding from travels in poll-bound states in the past couple of years is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s sustained popular appeal. People are for sure angry about the kind of things people do get angry about: Price rise (especially of petrol and diesel), farm distress, lack of employment, declining businesses, demonetisation, the goods and services tax, and so on.

Much of it is also directed at the BJP, in the states and at the Centre. It doesn’t seem to reflect on the prime minister, as if he were now an entity or a brand all by himself — above his government, ...

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First Published: Sat, May 19 2018. 06:00 IST