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Narendra Modi Is Back . . . with a massive win

Tuesday, 28th May 2019
In the recently concluded Indian election featuring over 900 million voters, Narendra Modi rode back to power on the crest of a 65% landslide victory. Election results for India's lower legislative house, the Lok Sabha, were finally counted on 23rd May:  43 days after the first vote was cast on 11th April, 2019. Voting was held in each of India's 29 States as well as in its Union Territories, including New Delhi. Candidates had to wait until the whole country had cast the collective vote, before they could hope to hear the results from any of their constituencies.

Into the huge and complex arena of the world's largest democracy, Indian politicians fronted political parties which in turn formed political alliances. Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) joined forces with 12 other parties to form the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), gaining a runaway victory in the elections. But even within this Alliance, there was no doubting the strength of the BJP. On its own, it got more than the requisite majority of 272 seats needed to form a government. To the BJP's win of 303, its 12 allied parties added 55 seats. Together they won 358 seats leaving the other political parties and their alliances only 189 seats out of the 542 seat Lok Sabha. One of India's well known parties, the National Congress Party (NCP) led a 10-party United Progressive Alliance; while another political party alliance, The Federal Front was led by the All India Trinamool Congress. The Communists, both Marxist and non-Marxists, got a total of four seats in India's primary legislative chamber.

Soon after winning the election, Prime Minister Modi came out with a renewed commitment to accelerate the socioeconomic transformation of India. He paid tribute to the poor people of his country, including minorities, for voting him back to power. Modi decried what he called their marginalization and vowed to bring them into the mainstream of Indian society. To this effect, he coined a post-election slogan: National Ambition + Regional Aspirations (NARA).