More of Modi to come? This year’s state elections will tell a tale

PM Narendra Modi – India’s most international leader

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India is one of the globe’s outstanding and well recognised leaders.

No coincidence, given he is probably the most outward looking of India’s PM’s and is pushing hard for his vision of a modern and connected India.

India’s Presidency of the G20 this year will greatly add to Modi’s credentials.

But what will the year ahead show us? “More Modi” is the probable answer.

In India ten states and territories are due to hold elections this year in what will tell us more about how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dominant Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national government will fare in elections likely in 2024.

The BJP is in full or coalition government in five of these regional governments which will hold elections throughout the year starting in February. 

The BJP runs 11 states in total and five more in coalition governments.

So how about the Congress Party? The once dominant Congress Party only runs three states and three more in coalitions.

Other parties run eight states suggesting one possible disturbing long term outcome – some untidy form of cooperation between the Congress and others.  

This year will tell us a lot and most think the BJP grip will continue.

Watch this space!

Author: Stephen Manallack

Former President, Australia India Business Council, Victoria and Author, You Can Communicate; Riding the Elephant; Soft Skills for a Flat World (published by Tata McGraw-Hill INDIA); Communicating Your Personal Brand. Director, EastWest Academy Pty Ltd and Trainer/Speaker/Mentor in Leadership, Communication and Cross Cultural Communication. Passionate campaigner for closer western relations with India. Stephen Manallack is a specialist on “Doing Business with India” and advisor/trainer on “Cross-Cultural Understanding”. He is a Director of EastWest Academy Pty Ltd which provides strategic advice and counsel regarding business relations with India. A regular speaker in India on leadership and global communication, his most recent speaking tour included a speech to students of the elite Indian university, Amity University, in Noida. He also spoke at a major Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) global summit, the PR Consultants Association of India in Delhi, the Symbiosis University in Pune and Cross-Cultural Training for Sundaram Business Services in Chennai. He has visited India on business missions on 10 occasions and led three major trade missions there. He provides cross-cultural training – Asia and the west.

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