It was the day of reckoning and people sat glued to their television screens and their smart phones in their homes and coffee shops across the city watching the results of the Lok Sabha elections come in. They sat tense as the vote counts of their favourite candidates trickled in, sighing and commenting at the figures.
And finally when the results were declared, some like Mr Vinod Jayapal, a digital marketing expert, were jubilant. "We knew Modi would win, but not by such a huge mandate. We were with Mr Modi and firmly believed in him as he has the potential and tried to steer the nation towards development. But schemes like demonetisation and GST put people in trouble although they were for the good of the nation. So we did not expect the BJP to be able to form a government on its own at the Centre," he recounted, admitting to feeling shocked at the overwhelming support that finally emerged for the Prime Minister.
"This can only happen when the nation is fed up and fully aware of the misdeeds and false propaganda of the Congress and the other selfish regional party leaders, who aimed to grab the PM's post.
Veterans like B K Hari Prasad, the Congress-JDS candidate, from Bengaluru South, had to bite the dust against debutant, Tejasvi Surya of the BJP. This shows the election was contested by only one man, Mr Modi and no one else," he summed up enthusiastically. But Mr Abilash, a business development executive, from Ooty in Tamil Nadu couldn't disagree more. "The Modi -led BJP government did not do much for farmers, who are really in distress. I don't feel that Mr Modi has done anything significant to prevent them from committing suicide or for their welfare," he concluded with disdain....