Special to Nikkei

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party recently scored victories in two state-level elections, retaining control in Gujarat and muscling out the rival Congress Party in Himachal Pradesh.

Gujarat may be Modi’s home state and the BJP’s margin over its rivals might have narrowed, but the two victories are good indicators that the prime minister continues to enjoy nationwide popularity.

A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center this past spring illustrates many of the reasons Modi was able to claim victory in both votes.

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