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'Interesting to see how BJP will take the mandate', says prof. Palshikar at the Vasant Vyakhyanmala

Monday, 19 May 2014 - 9:53am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Pune: "It would be interesting to see, how the Bhartiya Janata Party, the next prime minister Narendra Modi and his government will take the mandate given by the country, and how they will work in the future," said Professor Suhas Palshikar, a senior political analyst and professor in politics. Speaking at the Vasant Vyakhyanmala, an old spring-lecture series on the post-election results at Tilak Memorial hall on Sunday evening.
He said that after BJP's success in the current elections, critics will no longer criticise the party of influencing some parts of the country, with the exception of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the party has performed extraordinarily well.
Speaking about the mandate, he said that there are three possibilities that BJP will consider. One, they will take the mandate assuming that they will have to run the country better than Congress. The second would to bring more economic development. Of the third one, he said that there is a possibility that they will take the mandate to change the social structure, and bring in the concept of nationalism, which may lead to controversies.
He added that after 1989, this was the first time that a party other than Congress, has bagged complete majority, and that the BJP had performed spectacularly in the states such as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, and Assam where they did not have a state government.
They also performed well in the states with BJP-led governments including Gujarat, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. They also performed well in states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, where they had no foot-hold.

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