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A ascensão imparável de Narendra Modi

By Duncan Mil

May 21, 2024 - Uma década depois de ascender a Primeiro ministro, Narendra Modi procura um histórico terceiro mandato. Muitos encaram Modi, de 73 anos, como figura polarizadora que evoca reações viscerais por todo o espectro político.

Supporters believe he could make India an Asian superpower, while critics call him an extremist and a dictator.

Muslim groups say they often face discrimination and attacks and have been forced to live as “second-class” citizens under Modi’s rule -- an allegation denied by Modi‘s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

“Mr Modi has done great work. We haven’t seen poor people getting so many welfare benefits under any other government,” says Shiv Johri Patel, a saree weaver in Modi’s constituency in the northern city of Varanasi.

In January, Modi opened the $220m Ram Mandir temple to the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, informally launching his campaign for a third term.

In a February nationwide poll, 42% of respondents said the opening of the temple was the major highlight of Modi’s government.

Modi has set a target of a supermajority in the 545-seat Lok Sabha -- the lower house of India’s Parliament -- up from 303 in 2019. The results will be announced on June 4.

PUBLISHED: 22/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images, Moving Pixels Company, Manish Bardia, Biswarup Ganguly