As rightly pointed by the Author, the voter is likely to give more weightage to the performance of the candidate in each constituency than the popularity of the National leaders.
"If you don't understand my silence, you will not understand my words"
Many MPs who were not fared well for the party were denied by the party. New people are contesting from the same seats. Persons who can pull crowds and influence the people are being given prefer for seats allocation. As such the individual candidate will also play an important role in the outcome of the results.
But everything depends on the mindset of the voter at the last moment.
So the opposition has made it appear as a Prime Ministerial base election. In that Modi definitely has an edge. Under his shade many inefficient BJP candidates also my get through. That will be opposition's contribution. Then NDA has to thank the opposition.
This time the public will have to take some decision regarding their choice - whether it is the local candidate from whom they are expecting some plans to be executed or the national leader who seems to do a lot for them in consonance with the progress and growth of the country.
So, this is a tricky situation and many gullible voters might not be able to decide this crucial thing. Voters are generally attracted to the short term goals and can be misled very easily with some assurances.
Knowledge is power.