New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been given thumbs-up by most of the common people, Chief Executive Officers and doyens of business and industry who were asked to give their assessment about him after completion of about three years' of announcement of his party's victory.
On a scale of one to ten most of them placed him above seven. In the survey conducted by a research group on behalf of an economic daily as many as 59 CEOs responded in addition to others.
His government will complete three years in office on May 26 next but the victory of the party in general elections in 2014 was announced on May 16 .
The areas in which he had excelled, according to the survey, were reforms, infrastructural development and corruption. Corruption was not eliminated but lesser number of cases of corruption has come to light and a sense of fear has been created among the corrupt elements.
Most of them agreed that he has worked for inclusive growth and for not a particular caste or group. Poor has benefited from some of his social measures. The general opinion was that the economy has got a push during his regime.
Businessmen and industrialists interviewed firmly believed that he would give a harder push to economic reforms in next two years of his rule. Party's recent victory achieved in Uttar Pradesh and some other states have largely contributed to the current mood in the party.
Jammu and Kashmir was considered by every one as one area which was sticking out as a sore thumb. The relationship with Pakistan has not improved during this period and it was another area of concern expressed by them.
Among his team members mention was made of finance minister Arun Jaitley, party president Amit Shah and principal secretary in his office Nripendra Mishra. National security adviser Ajit Doval has been considered as his another good choice for handling terrorism.
Some of them, however, have expressed the fear that adverse result of the assembly elections in seven states next year before the Lok Sabha polls might affect the pace of reforms. Out of seven, elections in two states, Gujarat, his own home state and Himachal Pradesh, will be held early next year.
The other states going to polls next year are Nagaland, Karnataka, Meghalaya and Mizoram and Tripura. All these states are being ruled by non-BJP parties.