NDA sweeps back to power, improves tally, vote share

Kashmir Times. Dated: 5/24/2019 11:56:30 AM

India has won: PM # Cong trails behind with 84, fares better in Kerala, Punjab

NEW DELHI, May 23 (Agencies): Riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity and surging high on the nationalism wave, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday stormed to power with a bigger mandate.
As per the latest data from the Election Commission of India (ECI), the saffron party is leading in as many as 348 seats while the Congress is trailing far behind with 84.
While the BJP is heading for a sweep in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana and Delhi, the saffron party also staved off a strong challenge from the opposition in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra. In addition, the party made inroads in West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana.
On the contrary, the Congress’ strategy to pose a formidable challenge to BJP has come as a cropper. It failed to carry forward the momentum gained during its recent victories in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh Assembly polls. The only silver lining in the bleak scenario for Congress is that it fared better in Punjab and Kerala. The full results of the seven-phase elections are expected to be officially declared only late evening.
Earlier, Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party towards a super-sized victory for a second term in office, as his message of nationalism, security, Hindu pride and a New India was wholeheartedly embraced by voters across large swathes of the country.
With the elections establishing the 68-year-old Modi as the most popular leader in decades, the partial vote count released by the Election Commission showed that BJP will not only surpass its 2014 performance but also cross 300 seats on its own.
Until 7.30 PM, the BJP had won 42 seats and was leading in 260 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in seven phases in April and May. It demolished the combined opposition with the Congress party stuck at 11 confirmed victories and a lead in 40 seats, according to the partial results.
Modi easily won his seat in Varanasi with a margin of over 4.3 lakh votes while party president Amit Shah took Gandhinagar in their home state of Gujarat by over 5.5 lakh votes.
“With all+ development for all+ everybody’s confidence = victorious India,” Modi tweeted. “Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again,” he said
With his party headed for a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls, Modi said India has won again and together with everyone, a strong and inclusive nation will be built.
In his victory speech, the Prime Minister reiterated that there will be only two castes in the country -- the poor and those contributing to alleviate poverty.
Taking a dig at the opposition parties, Modi said a single party tried to mislead the country in the name of secularism in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.
After BJP's resounding victory in the 17th Lok Sabha elections, he was addressing party cadres at BJP headquarters, thanked his party workers for the BJP's stupendous victory. He said this is the highest voter turnout India has seen and added that world will have to recognise India's democratic strength.



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