Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Monday was formally invited by President Pranab Mukherjee to form the government. In a letter to Modi, Mukherjee 'appointed' him the Prime Minister and asked him to furnish details of his cabinet as well as a date for the swearing-in ceremony. The date for Modi's coronation was then set as May 26, 2014.
India has massive expectations from Narendra Modi, who is seen by many to be a 'saviour' given the poor performance of the previous UPA government under Manmohan Singh. On Tuesday, #ExpectationNo1 was trending on Twitter in India, with people suggesting what they thought was the first thing Modi should do as the PM.
Uresh Jadia believed the Narmada Dam project was of massive importance:
— uresh jadia (@ureshjadia) May 20, 2014
Samrat Choudhury is looking at it from the point of view of industrial growth:
Open bid for anyOil and Gas / hydrocarbon project in India within 3 months #ExpectationNo1
— samrat chowdhury (@samrat_02941) May 20, 2014
Certainly, Indian Railways needs a lot of improvements:
#ExpectationNo1 Make railways more efficient, want a day when one would get a confirmed ticket just minutes before departure!
— Ayon Fouzdar (@ayon29) May 20, 2014
Anisha Singh actually has several expectations from Modi:
#ExpectationNo1 Women safety, better education, more employment, and rupee soaring to new heights
— anisha singh (@Anisha_4890) May 20, 2014
Yes, power cuts are also a major problem in India:
— Amit Kumar Sharma (@amitbjp21) May 20, 2014
India does not have an official religion and hence this idea may be unacceptable:
— IT Bulletin Board (@ITBulletinBoard) May 20, 2014
Yes, no internal quarrels. This might be tough to achieve for Modi given the alleged aspirations of some BJP leaders:
#ExpectationNo1 Complete 5 years in office without inner squabling
— Amoeblah (@cogniTwist) May 20, 2014
Mr. Padmanabhan actually makes a good point. Our Parliament is a very unruly place:
— Padmanabhan K (@PadmanabhanKri) May 20, 2014
Education till matriculation is already complusory, but the other points made here are significant:
Education compulsory for all, no tainted MP in parliament, population control #ExpectationNo1
— DR. Deepak Goyal (@deepu2024) May 20, 2014
Strengthening the army should be another important agenda:
— Vikram Waman Karve (@vikramwkarve) May 20, 2014
The above is just a small sample of tweets made with #ExpectationNo1. There has been a flood of tweets on Tuesday. Though he is yet to be formally sworn in, Modi has already swung into action on several fronts - meeting the ex-Intelligence Bureau Chief, issuing instructions to party MPs to avoid lobbying for posts, and so on.
It remains to be seen if Modi can provide effective governance after he formally becomes PM. Revival economic growth, control of inflation, fighting corruption must count as only a few issues that Modi must confront.