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Modi Claims Victory

Jun/07/2024 / by Team Seema

A narrow win for the Prime Minister seeking his third term in the world’s largest election

Despite a stronger-than-expected challenge from his opposition, on June 4, 73-year-old Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a crowd at his party’s headquarters that his National Democratic Alliance had won the election. “Today’s victory is the victory of the world’s largest democracy” he said, adding that Indian voters had “shown immense faith” in his party and the coalition alliance.

More than 642 million votes that were cast during the world’s biggest democratic election were tallied under an extreme heat wave that has killed dozens of people. 

However, the election results will change the political landscape, marking the first time since Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014 that it would not establish a clear majority without establishing a coalition of support from other parties. In the face of the somewhat surprising outcome, Modi underscored promises he made during the election to continue growing India’s economy, advancing India’s defense production, increasing job opportunities for young people, raising exports, and supporting farmers, among other pledges.

A total of 272 seats are needed for a majority. In 2019, the BJP won 303 seats, while they secured 282 in 2014 when Modi first came to power.

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