Project description

Narendra Modi led ‘National Democratic Alliance’ swept a landmark victory in the 2014 General Election and formed the government in India. We tracked the progress of all the promises the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) made in their manifesto as their government completes the 5 year term in a few months.

During the 2014 General Election campaign, Narendra Modi led BJP made around 346 promises in their manifesto. The manifesto reflects a mix of qualitative and quantitative promises. BBC tried to cover as many promises and check the progress before the fresh elections happen this year.

We have set three status categories to track the progress of the promises made in the manifesto.

Fulfilled: Those promises that have been achieved to the letter.

In Progress: Those promises where the Government has made some progress by adding new schemes, increasing funds, amending acts etc.

No Progress: Those promises which haven’t made any progress. These include promises where the Government made proposals but were turned down by the Apex court or other higher bodies.

What makes this project innovative?

28,000 words. 364 promises fact checked. And a quite intricate design makes this government promises report card a visual treat. Our data team went through each promise manually to set its status. The process involved going through Parliament questions, official reports, and surveys to determine the progress. Each promise comes with an explanation of its status and links to sources of the information. The dashboard has multiple filters based on progress and the category of the promise. This doesn't just allow user to narrow down their searches but also amplify what users really want to see.

What was the impact of your project? How did you measure it?

This was one of the most comprehensive fact-check on the promises made by a government in India. Besides over 100,000 page views on Indian languages, this was one of the most talked subject on the day when the ruling party announced their manifesto for 2019 elections. Not just BBC, many websites published this piece highlighting achievement/failure of the current government. Since election is underway in India, this could play a big role in retaining/toppling the current government.

Source and methodology

Fulfilled: Those promises that have been achieved to the letter. In Progress: Those promises where the Government has made some progress by adding new schemes, increasing funds, amending acts etc. No Progress: Those promises where the Government hasn't made any progress. These include promises where the Government made proposals but were turned down by the Supreme court. Our data team went through each promise manually to set its status. The process involved going through Parliament questions, official reports, and surveys to determine the progress. Each promise comes with an explanation of its status and links to sources of the information. We pulled 393 promises form the 2014 manifesto but included 346 in our analyses. Some promises were repeated and some were too generic in nature to prove. To see a list of the remaining 47 promises and why we chose not to include them in our analysis. Here (https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/pdf/hindi/indiaelection2019/Missing_promises_the_reason_Promises_which_did_not_make_it_to_the_list.pdf)

Technologies Used

Python for scripting, wrangling Javascript, HTML5, CSS3 for styling and development Photoshop, Google Sheets, Node JS for data and design

Project members

Shadab Nazmi Mahima Singh Abhishek Jairath

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