During a jan jatiya mahasabha in Jhabua, Madhya Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed his rallying cry of ’24 mein 400 paar,’ expressing confidence in the NDA’s electoral prospects. Modi further asserted that if the NDA alliance could surpass 400 seats, the BJP alone should aim for more than 370 seats in the upcoming elections.
Contrary to speculation that his visit to Madhya Pradesh was election-focused, Modi clarified that it was not aimed at the polls. Referencing the state’s recent assembly election results, he indicated that he was there to serve the people rather than campaign for votes.
The Prime Minister recalled the opposition’s acknowledgment of the NDA’s potential to exceed 400 seats, to which he responded by suggesting that the BJP could achieve over 370 seats independently. He outlined a strategy for achieving this goal, emphasizing the importance of mobilizing support at the grassroots level by identifying areas where the BJP has historically performed well and augmenting those vote margins.
Modi’s reference to ‘370’ as a target for the BJP in the upcoming elections is not a new phenomenon. During the recent Budget session of Parliament, he linked this figure to the government’s decision to revoke Article 370, triggering debate among political circles about the feasibility of predicting electoral outcomes in advance.
The origin of the ‘400 paar’ slogan can be traced back to Congress Rajya Sabha leader Mallikarjun Kharge’s sarcastic remark about the BJP’s election slogan ‘abki baar 400 paar.’ Modi embraced Kharge’s comment as a blessing and established 370 as the BJP’s standalone target.
As political dynamics intensify in the lead-up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2024, Modi’s ambitious electoral targets and strategic directives reflect the BJP’s confidence in consolidating its position and securing a resounding victory at the polls.