New Delhi, March 13: As Narendra Modi has emerged as India's strongest Prime Minister, after the Bharatiya Janata Party under his leadership achieved stupendous success in the recently concluded assembly elections--the results of which were declared on Saturday--a new set of Modi fans has emerged.
PM Modi has a legion of fans--well-known as bhakts--however, by handsomely winning assembly polls in crucial Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand--the senior BJP leader has won the hearts of his fierce critics also.
The former finance minister and veteran Congress leader P Chidambaram, who till a few days ago was a vocal critic of PM Modi, is now showering praises on him. After the assembly poll results were declared--where the Congress, except for Punjab, performed poorly--Chidambaram said the assembly elections results had showed that PM Modi was now the 'most dominant political figure'. "He has a pan-India appeal," Chidambaram told PTI.
Similarly, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah ruffled many a feather by saying that PM Modi's landslide victory in Uttar Pradesh had shattered the opposition hopes of unseating him soon.
Abdullah, another vocal opponent of the BJP, called PM Modi as the only political leader with 'pan India acceptability' in the country. "In a nutshell there is no leader today with a pan India acceptability who can take on Modi & the BJP in 2019. How the hell did almost all the experts/analysts miss this wave in UP? It's a tsunami not a ripple in a small pond. At this rate we might as well forget 2019 & start planning/hoping for 2024," the former CM wrote on Twitter.
However, Abdullah also has a suggestion for the opposition parties. "Punjab, Goa & Manipur would certainly suggest that the BJP isn't unbeatable but strategy needs to shift from criticism to positive alternate."
These tweets by Abdullah, whose political party, National Conference, was part of the UPA, created a lot of uproar. His views have ruffled the Congress, Abdullah's former ally.
It is not just PM Modi's opponents from the political class that are praising 'the man of the moment', but even the senior BJP leader's critics from the media are singing peans for him.
From senior journalist like Rajdeep Sardesai to Aakar Patel, everyone in the media industry has good words for the PM. Sardesai and Patel have been vocal critics of Modi since long. Because of their critical views on PM Modi they have faced backlash from PM fans on several occasions.
Thus it means that all these praises from unexpected quarters have silenced the critics of PM Modi totally? Is it healthy for a democracy to have a 'ruler' who has become so powerful that he has silenced all opposition?