24 May 2019
After victory in Indian general election, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been celebrating by meeting with leaders from his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday afternoon.
BJP has won 302 constituencies out of 525 in the Lok Sabha which is the lower house of Indian Parliament. In order to form a government party or coalition requires at least 272 Members of Parliaments. The party’s top rival, the Indian National Congress led by Rahul Gandhi, won 52 seats, and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam won 23 seats. The votes are being counted.
Following the victory, Modi will be the prime minister of India for next five years. Rahul Gandhi has lost his own seat to his BJP rival and has admitted the defeat. Gandhi had held his seat in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh for past 15 years, the seat was considered Congress safe.
Indian election saw the largest vote in the world with 900 million eligible voters. More than 8,000 candidates and 2000 parties stood for the election.