Balakot, schemes: What is Modi's bigger strength?
It has been said that BJP is in the pole position this election season only because of the Balakot airstrikes. But is it true?
Balakot has definitely put the ruling party ahead but by how many seats? Maybe some 30-odd seats. It's simplistic to say that only surgical strikes against Pakistan is the relevant issue. Many voters in rural areas are preferring Modi because of schemes like Awas Yojana, Ujjwala Yojana, electrification, toilets, etc.
"Commentators in the media and historians will soon peddle the theory that Modi won 2019 only because of Balakot airstrikes. Don't fall for it
Having travelled everywhere in India, I can vouch that it is purely his governance that is giving him this massive mandate," says Dr. Praveen Patil, an elections data analyst.