On the D-day when the entire nation was watching the counting of the polls, PM Narendra Modi was busy reading e-mails. PM Modi spent longer than usual going through emails, forwarding most and responding to some, on Thursday morning as television studios were eagerly awaiting the first leads of the Lok Sabha election.
Around 10.30am, Modi finished with the emails and turned his attention to the leads which were flowing thick and fast and looking favourable to BJP. In an hour or so, the trend strengthened further and it became clear that BJP was going to return to office.
Apart from television, Modi was receiving updates from other sources, too, with information coming in from counting centres and the PM making a few inquiries from time to time. Confident about how the campaign unfolded, Modi was not in much doubt that voters would repose trust in the government.
Telephone calls from foreign leaders began to come in soon after lunch as the scale of BJP’s electoral victory became evident, bolstering Modi’s authority within the party and the NDA coalition. Ahead of his second term as PM, it was clear that Modi would have considerable freedom to implement his programmes.