Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured yet another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory Thursday. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks all ready to win more than 300 of the 543 seats in parliament. PM Modi hailed the victory as “a historic mandate”.
“Thank you India! The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us strength to work even harder to fulfil people’s aspirations. I salute every BJP Karyakarta for their determination, perseverance & hard work. They went home to home, elaborating on our development agenda,” the Prime Minister said through his Twitter handle.
“The people of India became Chowkidars and rendered great service to the nation. Chowkidar has become a powerful symbol to safeguard India from the evils of casteism, communalism, corruption and cronyism,” he added.
According to the results, Modi has not just exceeded exit poll predictions but has also won a larger share of the vote than the 2014 elections. In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats — the biggest victory by any party in 30 years — and with its allies it secured 336 seats in that parliament.
“We all want a new India. I want to bow down my head and say thank you,” Mr Modi said in a victory address to BJP supporters on Thursday evening.
“This election was fought not by politicians but the people of this country – but it’s the people of this country who have emerged victorious,” Mr Modi told thousands of supporters at the BJP’s headquarters in Delhi.
“We will never give up our ideals, our humility and our culture,” he added
This year, there were 900 million voters eligible to vote in the seven phase election conducted by the Election Commission of India, making it the largest election the world had ever seen.