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For the third time… Narendra Modi’s alliance wins the polls

For the third time... Narendra Modi's alliance wins the polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and its allies managed to win a parliamentary majority in India’s general election, according to Election Commission figures on Tuesday evening. The Congress Party, the largest opposition party, meanwhile won 88 seats, with hopes of winning 99 in total, compared to 52 seats won in the last election.

The Bharatiya Janata Party won in India under the leadership of a Hindu nationalist prime minister. Narendra Modi His allies have a parliamentary majority, according to figures from the Electoral Commission published Tuesday.

In addition, thanks to the continued counting of a small number of electoral constituencies, the coalition obtained 272 seats out of a total of 543 parliamentary seats, enough to obtain a parliamentary majority, according to results published on the website of the coalition. Commission.

But the Bharatiya Janata Party itself won 224 seats, while it had hoped to win a total of 240 seats, compared to 303 seats five years ago.

For its part, the Congress Party, the largest opposition party, won 88 seats, with the hope of winning 99 in total, compared to 52 seats obtained in the last elections.

“Third consecutive term”

Modi told a crowd of his supporters in New Delhi that India had given the party and its allies a mandate for a “third consecutive term”.

“Our third term will see big decisions being taken and the country will write a new chapter of development. This is a guarantee from Modi,” he added.

But in a remarkable shift due largely to deals to field individual candidates against the Bharatiya Janata Party, results and polls indicated that the opposition Congress party won 99 seats, nearly double what it won in 2019, which was 52 seats.

The Congress leader said Rahul Gandhi “The country told Narendra Modi, ‘We don’t want you,'” he said, adding, “I was confident that the people of this country would give the right answer.”

Moreover, with over 99 percent of votes counted, the BJP’s vote share reached 36.7 percent, a slightly lower percentage than in the last elections in 2019.

Modi was also re-elected in his constituency, which represents the city of Varanasi, a city sacred to Hindus, with a difference of 152,300 votes, compared to around half a million votes five years ago.

It is worth noting that among the independent elected representatives, two are serving prison sentences, namely the controversial Sikh separatist preacher Amritpal Singh and Sheikh Abdul Rashid, who hails from the Indian-administered part of Kashmir and who was arrested on charges of “funding terrorism”. » and money laundering in 2019.

France 24/AFP

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