Exactly five years ago, the Narendra Modi phenomenon had stunned many poll pundits by getting the BJP to power at the Centre with the biggest single-party mandate in 30 years. The Congress, leading the UPA government for 10 years, was routed and reduced to its lowest ever tally of 44 in the Lok Sabha.
The BJP had won 282 seats in the Lok Sabha with a strike of almost 66 per cent. The party had fielded its candidates in 428 Lok Sabha constituencies.
The oppositions played down the victory of the BJP in 2014 Lok Sabha election arguing that the party got only 31 per cent votes indicating that 69 per cent Indians were not in favour of the Modi government. But the argument seemed misplaced.
No party had won 30 per cent vote on its own in any election since 1991 to form a government. Two examples can be considered from Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.
The BSP won a clear majority in 2007 UP polls with only 30 per cent votes and the SP got a similar mandate in 2012 with 29 per cent vote share. It was surpassed in 2017, when the BJP won 39.7 per cent votes to win biggest mandate in 40 years in Uttar Pradesh. However, the BJP had suffered a loss in the state polls. It had got 42.7 per cent votes in UP during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
So, what brought the BJP to power on May 16, 2014 and paved the way for Narendra Modi to become the prime minister?