Modi draws huge crowds. But...!
On Sunday, Narendra Modi's rally in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, drew enthusiastic crowds in thousands. On Saturday, his Mangalore rally in Karnataka saw lakhs turning up, braving the heat. A few days ago, the Prime Minister's rally in West Bengal's Cooch Behar was a massive hit.
With the BJP leader drawing huge crowds in State after State, many have concluded that the Modi wave is intact. "This wave is bigger than what we saw in 2014," many are heard saying. But there is a catch.
Modi's rallies are expected to draw bigger crowds than in 2014 for the simple reason that he has been India's PM for five years. When he visited different States five years ago, he was not a national leader. He was still becoming one. As such, the 2014 crowds can't be the measure or standard.
If the crowds that we are witnessing this time are huge even after accounting for this logic, it can be safely said that BJP can relax.