Stable government to boost India’s economic growth

INDIA Inc Thursday (23) expressed hope that a stable government at the centre will boost growth in the country and lead to higher foreign fund inflows as trends pointed to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and allies returning to power with a thumping majority. Veteran industrialist and Godrej Group chairman Adi Godrej said the new government […]

Modi’s big win signals firm India’s GDP growth will continue

STELLER performance of prime minister Narendra Modi’s BJP with another large parliamentary majority will see the continuity of macroeconomic policy in the next five years but the key economic challenge now is to continue reforms, brokerages and economists said Thursday (23). The BJP still does not have a majority in the Upper House of Parliament, […]

Modi becomes third Indian prime minister, after Nehru and Indira, to retain power with majority

After Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is the third prime minister of the country who has been able to retain power for a second term with full majority in Lok Sabha. As counting goes on across the country on Thursday, trends show the Modi-led BJP would be easily able to cross the halfway […]

In post-Jaya era, ruling AIADMK heading for rout in Tamil Nadu 

The absence of its charismatic leader late J Jayalalithaa appeared to have cost the ruling AIADMK dear as it is staring at a virtual rout with the DMK staging a spectacular electoral comeback in the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu. From being the third largest party in the outgoing Lok Sabha with 37 seats, […]

US corporate sector welcomes re-election of India’s Modi

THE US corporate sector Thursday (23) congratulated Narendra Modi on his “commanding victory”, saying the prime minister has the potential to transform India and forge opportunity for all Indians. “Congratulations to” Modi and the BJP “for a commanding victory,” said Nisha Desai Biswal, president of US India Business Council (USIBC). The prime minister “has the […]

Rahul concedes defeat in family stronghold Amethi

CONGRESS chief Rahul Gandhi has conceded an embarrassing defeat in his family stronghold Amethi in the state of Uttar Pradesh to Union Minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani. “Smriti Irani has won in Amethi and I congratulate her. The people of Amethi have given their mandate,” Gandhi told a news conference. Irani had a comfortable […]

Terror-accused Pragya Thakur wins seat in India election

A HINDU ascetic accused of plotting a bomb attack on Muslims in India defeated an opposition strongman by a big margin on Thursday (23) as her ruling party won a massive victory in the country’s general election. Pragya Thakur, contesting from the central city of Bhopal for prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), […]

‘India wins yet again,’ says Modi after poll victory

HINDU nationalist prime minister Narendra Modi claimed victory Thursday (23) in India’s general election and vowed an “inclusive” future, with his party headed for a landslide win to crush the Gandhi dynasty’s comeback hopes. With around half the 600 million votes cast counted, Election Commission data showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning 300 of […]

BJP set for clean sweep in Himachal Pradesh again

THE ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is set to make a clean sweep in Himachal Pradesh, as its candidates are leading with over 323000 votes on each of the four Lok Sabha seats – Mandi, Kangra, Hamirpur and Shimla, a state election officer said. In Kangra, BJP candidate Kishan Kapoor is leading by 466000 votes […]

Imran Khan congratulates Modi on election victory, calls for peace

PAKISTANI prime minister Imran Khan congratulated India‘s Narendra Modi on the runaway election victory of his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Khan tweeted. The two nations have had tense […]