A joke doing the rounds this election season is that Narendra Modi set out to rid India of the Congress -- or, in his oft-repeated words, ensure a "Congress-mukt Bharat.' He has managed to make it "BJP-mukt" instead.
This is an exaggeration, of course.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has not disappeared. Neither has its parent and mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Workers of the BJP and RSS organize Modi's countless rallies across the country, and they play a central role in the actual mobilization of voters at the booth level on voting day.
But like all jokes, it also contains a degree of truth and highlights the most striking feature of the long-drawn-out general elections of 2019 -- the overwhelming dominance of Narendra Modi. Read more