The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) claimed a landslide victory in the 2014 general elections and made huge gains across the country in the 2019 vote. After his successful first tenure, Modi was re-elected as Prime Minister in 2019 and made several big promises.
While opposition parties in India continue to lack support since May 2014 when the Narendra Modi-led BJP government came to power, the devastating second wave of COVID-19 has challenged the public’s trust in his leadership, as reflected in his dwindling popularity ratings.
According to US data intelligence company Morning Consult, 64 percent of people surveyed approve of his leadership, compared to 34 percent of people who disapprove, giving Modi an overall score of 66, his lowest since the company started analysing his popularity in August 2019.
Another survey by Indian polling agency CVOTER saw the number of respondents who are “very much satisfied” with Modi’s performance drop to 37 percent from around 65 percent a year ago. The PM’s popularity is fading despite his government making some landmark moves over the last seven years such as giving special status to Jammu and Kashmir, tackling terrorism, and reforming the financial sector.
What’s more, his firm stance regarding the 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act, which amended the law to fast-track citizenship for religious minorities, specifically Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh…