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One year in office, Modi rating touches 87%: Pew survey

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Varanasi: Favourability rating of PM Narendra Modi jumped enormously after he brought BJP to power last year, according to a latest Pew survey released on Thursday.

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With his policies and governance, Modi not only increased India’s respect in the country, his favourability ratings shot up to 87 %. He is being supported even from traditional Congress base; Pew revealed as it released the survey details that it conducted among 2,452 respondents in India from April 6 to May 19, 2015.

“But distrust remains, perhaps in parts because incidents of communal violence were up by nearly a quarter in the first five months of 2015, under BJP rule, compared with a comparable period in 2014 when a Congress-led government was in power,” revealed the survey.

Modi’s lowest approval on domestic issues comes in his management of communal relations, the day-to-day interaction between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, Jains, Sikhs and Christians among others, as well as the relationship between the various castes in the country.

However, “the Modi phenomenon transcends India’s traditionally partisan politics,” Pew said in a statement, adding that on most of the challenges facing the nation, the Prime Minister and his party enjoyed support from both the BJP loyalists and followers of the Congress.

Moreover, Modi and the BJP now have greater support than Congress in rural areas and traditionally it was a Congress stronghold, according to the survey.

Roughly six in ten or more self-identified Congress supporters approve of Modi’s handling of a range of issues: access to clean toilets (66 %), unemployment (62 %), helping the poor (61 %) and inflation (61 %).

Majority of Congress backers approve of the prime minister’s efforts against terrorism (56 %) and corruption (56 %), the survey said.

“Communal relations are the only surveyed issue on which fewer than half of Congress followers (47 %) approve of Modi’s efforts,” the Pew report said.

Modi also succeeded in winning over rural Indians, both for his party and himself, Pew said.

The party’s favourability now exceeds that of Congress in urban areas by 31 points (83 % for BJP, 52 % for Congress) and in rural India by 25 points (89 % for BJP, 64 % for Congress).

“Modi is more popular than presumptive Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi in both rural areas by 23 points (Modi 89 %, Rahul 66 %) and in cities by 31 points (Modi 84 %, Rahul 53 %),” Pew said. 

(With inputs from DNA)

 

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)