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From 8 Feb, Modi will travel from far Northeast to eastern, southern, central and northern India, looking to carpet bomb with public meetings.
The massive mandate in 2014, along with several states under the BJP government, can become Modi's curse in 2019.
It is doubtful if voters will ever get to vote for a party that gives them a balance sheet of their performance.
All major political parties in the state elections in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram have promised freebies and doles during the campaigns - ranging from laptops to smartphones, tiffin boxes to unemployment allowances. ThePrint asks: Can Congress-BJP sway state polls with freebies or are they failing to read voters’ minds? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0MWgemqPWU Luring voters with freebies is more democratic than hate, intimidation Rasheed Kidwai Visiting Fellow, Observer Research Foundation Freebies are integral part of our political culture. Populist measures like two-Rupee rice, laptops and farmers’ loan waivers have had a history of turning around poll outcome. Politically, it is perfectly democratic to lure voters with populist measures than hate, intimidation or discrimination. Some of the southern states who have a political tradition of freebies, have much better socio-economic indicators than their northern or eastern counterparts. It is sagacity of voters to opt for one party or the other. Freebies, in some ways, are just a glimpse into...
The campaign to promote latrines has resulted in a market for toilet-related products and services predicted to double to $62 billion by 2021.