Since 2014, when the BJP stormed into power in the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma has been the driving force behind the party’s impressive performance in several Assembly elections and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
With the Mood of the Nation opinion poll projecting a third straight term for PM Modi, a question that arises in the minds of voters is which BJP leader is best suited to take over his mantle.
As per the Mood of the Nation survey, 29 per cent of the respondents find Union Home Minister Amit Shah best suited to succeed PM Modi, while 25 per cent backed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari followed close behind, with 16 per cent of those surveyed favouring the Nagpur MP.
The Mood of the Nation’s February 2024 edition is based on a survey of 35,801 respondents in all Lok Sabha seats. Health warning: Opinion polls can get it wrong. The Mood of the Nation poll was conducted between December 15, 2023 and January 28, 2024.
In the elections held after 2014, PM Modi has remained the fulcrum of politics in the country through his endorsement of the politics of development and good governance. Thus, someone taking over his mantle will have big boots to fill.
While there is no doubt that PM Modi is India’s most popular leader, the person behind transforming the BJP into a well-oiled election machine is Amit Shah. Often called the BJP’s ‘Chanakya’ for his electoral strategies, Shah’s meticulous planning and political acumen as party chief was behind the rise of the BJP.
Yogi Adityanath, who is serving his second term as Uttar Pradesh CM, has quickly risen up the party ranks and commands huge respect among workers. The Hindutva leader, not alien to controversies, has gained popularity for his tough crackdown on criminals and turning around the BJP’s fortunes in India’s largest state.
Meanwhile, tf there is one BJP leader who has garnered praise across political lines, it is Nitin Gadkari. Known as a problem-solver, Gadkari has been lauded by Opposition leaders for his work as Transport minister and expanding the network of highways across the country.