While the votes of the political votes are being finalized all over the country, the Electoral Commission has released national data: the Indian People’s Party has a clear majority, with 292 seats out of 542. The main rivals have only reached 49 seats. About 600 million people at the polls
India is preparing to salute the crushing victory of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the elections for the renewal of the Lower House. While the votes are being finalized all over the country, the Electoral Commission has released national data: Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (Bjp), has a clear majority, with 292 seats out of 542, while its rivals they reached only 49 seats. The main opposition party will be Rahul Gandhi’s Indian National Congress. With these numbers, the coalition led by the outgoing prime minister, the National Democratic Alliance, would stand around a strong majority of 345 seats. The votes obtained by the BJP far exceed the forecasts, surpassing the already extraordinary result obtained by Modi in 2014, when he obtained, with 282 seats, the first absolute majority in Parliament in 30 years.
India is the most populous democracy in the world. These elections renewed the seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament. The turnout was estimated at around 600 million votes cast. Modi’s party is considered the main conservative Indian party, a supporter of a strongly nationalist and defender of Hindu identity. The Bjp is a rib of the powerful Hindu organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Modi won the electoral campaign basing his proposals on national security, pursuing the policy of “zero tolerance” against terrorism, and economic recovery. The outgoing premier has promised to make India the third strongest economy in the world by 2030, announcing huge investments to improve the living conditions of farmers, with a doubling of their income within 3 years and the guarantee of getting a pension for those over 60 years old. To respond to the health demands of a country that has one billion and 360 million people, the premier proposed to create 75 new medical faculties.
In all this, Modi has never stopped betting on nationalist rhetoric. Central to its program is the construction of a temple dedicated to Ram, one of the major Hindu gods, at the Ayodhya site, where a Mughal mosque, destroyed by Hindu extremists in 1992, was built four centuries ago. The premier also undertook to remove in Kashmir the status of a special region. After the announced victory of Modi’s party, traffic is congested in the center of the capital due to the celebrations. The rickshaws move around the city raising party flags, with lotus flowers, and honking horns. The party militants sing “Har Har Modi”, “Modi has won” and “Wande Mataram”, “Thank you great mother”.