Modi's BJP wins big in 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

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Modis BJP wins big in 2019 Lok Sabha Elections

In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats - the biggest victory by any party since 1984.

By Abhishek Sengupta (New Delhi)

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Published: Sat 25 May 2019, 12:02 AM

It's time for Narendra Modi 2.0 in India after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance swept across swathes of the country, riding high on a massive saffron surge.
In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats - the biggest victory by any party since 1984 when Congress won 414 seats - and secured 336 seats with its allies but India's verdict on Thursday was even more telling, more direct as Modi readies to headline the biggest repeat mandate in 48 years since Indira Gandhi last did it in 1971.
And it came with huge victories in the Hindi heartland, and new victories in corners largely unexpected, including Bengal where it climbed from two seats in 2014 to lead in 18 seats, Karnataka where it is expected to win 25 out of 28 seats, Jammu and Kashmir where the BJP led in three out of six constituencies, and Arunachal Pradesh where the party is all set to form a state government too.
For many it was an expected return to power of a "dynamic and aggressive leader" and for some it was the advent of a new era in the history of an India that is ready to shed its "corrupt past" and step on to a "safe, secure and strong future".
As a journalist on the ground for the last two phases across Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh (Khaleej Times covered all seven phases of the election from all four corners of the country), it's safe to say nothing but Narendra Modi, and Narendra Modi alone, mattered in the end.
Sections of the youth in Bihar wanted jobs with unemployment rates at an all-time low, some wanted uninterrupted power supplies and better infrastructure, including new roads in Uttar Pradesh and many in Bengal wanted a government that wouldn't pursue "Modi's hyper-nationalistic right-wing Hindu politics". But in the end, nothing mattered as this vote turned out to be one big historic referendum on Prime Minister
Narendra Modi alone and one that he well and truly conquered.
And the rousing reception he received at the BJP headquarters in the capital later in the evening showed just how much this historic landslide win meant for his party's workers and the average crowd as they packed the headquarters amid rain and cheered on as he walked on to the raised platform.
abhishek@khaleejtimes.com



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