An issue-less electionThe campaigning for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are now well and truly over. Perhaps BJP would win yet again. Perhaps Congress would increase its number of seats. But one thing that doesn't change is that the campaigning this time was almost wholely devoid of 'issues'.
Back in 2014, we were showered with positive promises of development. This time the party in power tried to dig up the stories of a former PM (who, by the way was assassinated almost 30 years ago). They tried to claim the credit for air strikes for which the only organization which deserves any credit is the Air Force. Most shamefully, one of their candidates praised Godse's 'patriotism' and the party failed to act against that person.
According to the CSDS-Lokniti survey (the results of which were published in 'The Hindu' today), the Congress failed to popularise issues like Rafael and NYAY. Faults in the Congress campaign and BJP's chest-thumping for Balakot would probably ensure a second term for Mr. Modi.