Narendra Modi secures landslide win
Addis Ababa, May 23, 2019 (FBC) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory.
Results so far show his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament.
The main opposition alliance, which is headed by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party, has admitted defeat.
The vote had been widely viewed as a referendum on the prime minister’s Hindu nationalist politics.
Over 600 million people voted in a marathon six-week process.
Mr Modi has not just exceeded exit poll predictions but has also won a larger share of the vote than the 2014 elections, partial results show.
“Thank you India!” the prime minister tweeted. “The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us strength to work even harder to fulfil people’s aspirations.”
At a press conference in Delhi, opposition leader Mr Gandhi conceded the general election as well as his Amethi seat in Uttar Pradesh – which he had held since 2004 and his family had held for decades.