Modi claims historic third term win after tight election race

Modi claims historic third term win after tight election race

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed a historic win for the third time. However, his ruling party failed to secure a majority in the world’s biggest electoral exercise.

Modi secured his third term as prime minister after India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Indian leader’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), secured a majority of the seats in the lower house of Parliament.

However, the ruling party lost an outright majority which could have given them the power to make changes in the Constitution.

More than a dozen opposition parties have blocked Modi’s ruling alliance from attaining its goal of winning more than 400 seats.

In April 2023, India overtook China as the world’s most populous country, making the recent elections in the South Asian country the biggest in the world.

About 640 million voters participated in the elections, according to the Election Commission of India.

The official data was released on Wednesday.

India undertook seven phases of voting which lasted for 44 days.

“This is the third term of Prime Minister Modi and we are going to form the government. And that is more [of] the last 10 years of our performance, based on our actions on the ground,” Gopal Krishna Agarwal, spokesperson, BJP said.

“It’s a moment of joy for the people of India. It is the people who fought this election and this is the result which they have given it. We were expecting these numbers,” Subhashini Sharad Yadav, supporter of Indian National Congress party said.

This is the first time that India’s ruling party has lost an outright majority since 2014.

 

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