Prime Minister Narendra Modi retains a strong majority in Indias parliament, an official vote tally shows. His party delivered a “massive victory” against chief opponent Rahul Gandhi in the general election.
Modis Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are projected to win 337 of the contested 542 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indias parliament, according to NDTV. This is well above the 272 seats required to secure a majority in the chamber. Modi has already declared victory.
सबका साथ + सबका विकास + सबका विश्वास = विजयी भारत
Together we grow.
Together we prosper.
Together we will build a strong and inclusive India.
India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2019
The results were celebrated by Modis cabinet members, with Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj congratulating the PM for scoring “a massive victory.” Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, called BJPs lead “nothing short of a landslide, a political tsunami sweeping entire country.”
Its nothing short of a landslide,a political psunami sweeping entire country,East or west @BJP4India is the best, is a reality.North to South people have voted for a clear,unambiguous choice,country must progress further under leadership of @narendramodi to be next @PMOIndia
— Chowkidar Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 23, 2019
The chief opposition party, the Indian National Congress (INC), meanwhile, is expected to grab 96 seats. Its leader Rahul Gandhi had earlier called on his followers “not to be dismayed by the deceptive propaganda of fake exit polls.”
Modi, 68, who led India since 2014, built his campaign around promises of strong leadership and a personal rags-to-riches life story, having come from a disadvantaged community.
This image contrasted with the one of his main opponent, Gandhi, 48, whose family is among the political elite. Rahul Gandhis father and grandmother both served as prime minister, while his mother was a longtime party leader.