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BJP set to increase its grip on power

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NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi swept to a gigantic election victory on Thursday, on course to increase his majority and give his party the obligation to pursue business-friendly policies that put Hindus first and take a hard line on national security.

Supporters of BJP Bharatiya Janata Party celebrate after learning initial poll results in Kolkata, India, May 23, 2019.

Official data from the Election Commission revealed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 298 of the 542 seats vacant, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the Lok Sabha.


Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, said on Twitter the BJP had won a “massive victory”, whereas Amarinder Singh, said that party had “lost the battle” for power.


India’s allies, including Israel and Sri Lanka, praised Modi, who is due to meet party workers at 1730 local time on Thursday (1200 GMT).

The mood was cheerful at BJP headquarters in New Delhi, with party workers setting off firecrackers and encouraging as TV channels reported the margin of success.

Israeli Prime Minister congratulate Modi.

GVL Narasimha Rao said, “It’s a huge win for India. We are humbled by the magnificence of this victory.”

Congress leaders were muted.

“It’s obviously not in our favor at all,” said Salman Soz, a Congress spokesman. “We need to wait for the full results but right now it doesn’t look good.”

The NDA’s expected margin of victory, at 348 seats to 85 for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, according to TV channel NDTV, is much bigger than analyses indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed it would be the biggest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority.

Final results are due by Thursday evening.

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