Narendra Modi: India’s electoral Midas with golden touch of victory  

Narendra Damodardas Modi on Thursday emerged an electoral superman who stamped BJP’s massive win with his very own imprint, quite like a picture taken in portrait mode – where all else, including the party and its many leaders, recedes into fuzzy background. Towering over India’s political-scape, the RSS ‘pracharak’ who would be electoral king powered […]

Vote share: BJP crosses half-way mark in several states; Congress in single-digits in many

In its landslide victory, the BJP has seen its vote share soar past 50 per cent in at least 13 states and Union territories, a feat which the rival Congress could manage only in Puducherry. Besides, the main opposition party’s voting percentage has remained in single digits in politically important states like Uttar Pradesh, West […]

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, […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

BJP wins 7 Assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh

The ruling BJP in Arunachal Pradesh won seven Assembly seats and is leading in 11 constituencies, election officials said on Thursday. The Janata Dal United and an Independent candidate also won a seat each. Arunachal Pradesh Assembly has 60-seats, but elections were held for 57 seats as three BJP candidates had already won unopposed. Deputy […]

Congress set for landslide win in Kerala as Sabarimala undercurrent drowns ruling Left

Congress led-UDF in Kerala appears to be heading for a landslide in the state by continuing its lead in 19 of the total 20 Lok Sabha seats with AICC President Rahul Gandhi leading by over 380,000 votes in Wayanad. With more than 90 percent votes counted in 17 constituencies, and over 80 percent in the […]

Celebrations galore as Modi wins historic general election

THE mood was upbeat at BJP headquarters in New Delhi shortly after it became evident that prime minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party was headed for a historic win. Although counting of votes for 2019 Lok Sabha election is underway, trends so far show the BJP leading with more than 330 seats. Party workers took […]