India Election Results: Narendra Modi Declares Victory
Mr. Modi, India’s powerful and polarizing prime minister, will get a second term. “India wins yet again!” he posted on Twitter.
By The New York Times
In a surprise showing, Mr. Modi’s B.J.P. is leading the vote count in 300 of the 543 available seats in Parliament, suggesting a larger majority than it won in 2014.
Modi’s party appears to be expanding on its majority.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the most powerful and divisive leaders India has produced in decades, appeared easily headed for another five-year term, according to election returns so far.
The Election Commission reported that Mr. Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P., was ahead in at least 300 parliamentary districts, far beyond the 272 seats it would need for a majority in the 543-seat Parliament. At this pace, the party would actually expand on its current majority — a development no one was predicting in recent months.
The main opposition Congress Party was ahead in 49 seats, according to Election Commission data.
Before the election, most analysts predicted that the B.J.P. would lose seats overall, mostly because of dissatisfaction with the economy.
But that was before tensions with Pakistan handed Mr. Modi an issue he could command. He campaigned heavily on national security and on a forceful foreign policy, and it’s now clear that played well among India’s 900 million registered voters.