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Not Modi Wave, Hindutva Wave: Subramaniam Swamy On Election Results

Rajya Sabha lawmaker said that people had "risen" above caste in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, and "forgiven" the Modi government's poor economic performance.
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NEW DELHI —As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) look to cross 300 of the 545 seats in Lok Sabha, based on early leads, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy called the results a “Hindutva wave”.

“This is not a Modi wave, but a Hindutva wave,” the Rajya Sabha lawmaker told HuffPost India.

The election results, according to Swamy, showed that religion had prevailed over caste.

In Uttar Pradesh, early predictions suggested that the BJP had beaten the “unbeatable arithmetic” of the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party (SP-BSP) caste combine.

“Hindus are rising above caste,” he said. “The younger generation of voters is very important. They are young nationalists. They don’t care about caste.”

The results, the Harvard-educated economist said, suggested that Indians had “forgiven” the Modi government for its dismal economic performance, voting instead for a relatively corruption-free five years and its efforts to identify illegal Bangladeshi migrants from India.

Earlier this year, Swamy told HuffPost India that if not for the Balakot strike after the Pulwama attack, the BJP was looking at 160 seats in Lok Sabha. Last year, he said that the BJP had failed economically, but Modi would win the election on Hindutva.

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