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PM Modi Falls As India Reels From Second Wave Of Covid-19 | India News

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s approval ratings have fallen to a new low, a poll showed Tuesday, as the country struggles to contain a devastating second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
Modi, who came to power in 2014 and was re-elected in 2019 with the largest majority of any Indian leader in three decades, has long promoted the image of a powerful nationalist leader.
But the number of Covid-19 cases from India surpassed 25 million this week, exposing the lack of preparedness and eroding Modi’s base of support, according to the tracker of a dozen world leaders from the American company. intelligence agency Morning Consult.
Modi’s overall ratings this week stand at 63%, its lowest level since the US firm began tracking its popularity in August 2019. The big drop occurred in April, when its net approval fell 22 points.
That steep drop came as the pandemic seemed to overwhelm large urban centers like Delhi, where hospitals ran out of beds and life-saving oxygen and people died in parking lots, out of breath.
The bodies were piled up in morgues and crematoriums, and anger grew on social media at the suffering and lack of support from the government.
Since then, the situation has eased in Delhi and Mumbai as cases have declined, but the virus has penetrated deep into the vast interior of India, where public health facilities are weakest.
“The people of India, or at least the vast majority, have … come to the conclusion that they must depend solely on themselves, their families and friends to protect their lives,” said P Chidambaram, leader of the opposition. .
“In the battle against Covid-19, the state, especially the central government, has withered,” he said.
Modi’s government has said it is doing everything it can to address the “coronavirus storm,” calling it a unique crisis in a century.
A poll of urban Indians conducted by the YouGov polling agency this month showed that public confidence in the government’s handling of the crisis has plummeted since February, when the second wave began.
Only 59% of those surveyed at the end of April believed the government was handling the crisis “very” or “somewhat” well, down from 89% the year before during the first wave, he showed.
Modi does not face national elections until 2024, and despite the criticism he faces, the opposition has yet to pose a credible challenge to his authority, political analysts say.

Times of India