Narendra Modi has led BJP's victory in the Gujarat Assembly Elections for the third time. This time he has made it to the house with 115 seats (in 2012) as compared to 117 seats (in 2007).
Judging by the media reports it is certain that he is the most eligible prime-ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janta Party for the forthcoming 2014 general election.
So it is time Indians start taking serious note of him. Below is what I think about him. It may or may not be right, this is my impression of Narendra Modi.
Besides many things, I feel that Narendra Modi is a man with strong likes and dislikes and he shown that he has the guts to stand by what he thinks he wants to do and not do.
According to me, the biggest positive for Narendra Modi's election campaign was that it was above caste and religion. I mean he did not comment for or against any caste or religion. His opponents - that is the Congress Party and others did rake up caste and religion issues during the campaign - but I did not see him speaking on this matter.
The impression that the people have about his religious inclinations and behavior towards the minorities has been created by the media and by his opposition. I think that he himself has rarely made any comment on this matter.
He did not spend much time criticizing his opponents. He simply focused on development.
It is clear that he realizes the significance of elections and voters. During this tenure he made regular public appearances which were obviously political in nature. The frequency of such appearances obviously increased this year (2012) as the elections drew closer.