Modi’s right-wing BJP sweeps Indian Parliament Elections

NEW DELHI, Numbers released by the Election Commission of India showed that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is poised to bag a landslide victory in the recently concluded General Elections.

Modi congratulated his party workers as the results emerged so far showed that his party would win around 300 out of the 542 seats contested enabling his party to form the government on its own.

The opposition Congress party under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi is poised to win just around 50 seats.

The BJP and its allies fared well in all the northern, eastern and western states and failed to make major headway in the southern states.

According to the Election Commission figures, the BJP alone or with the support of its local allies is poised to win 58 out 80 Uttar Pradesh seats, nine out of 10 seats in Haryana, 36 out of 40 seats in Bihar, 28 out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh, 40 out of 48 seats in Maharashtra, all 26 seats in Gujarat, 16 out of 42 seats in West Bengal, all 25 seats in Rajasthan, all seven seats in Delhi, nine out of 11 seats in Chhattisgarh, eight out of 14 seats in Assam and 12 out of 14 seats in Jharkhand.

The ruling party also secured several seats in other smaller states and union territories.

The BJP has failed to make any headway in the southern Indian states as Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala voted against the right-wing party as it managed to secure just four seats out of 91 seats in these states. Around 67% people out of 900 million eligible voters from across India cast their votes in the largest democratic exercise in the world held in seven phases starting from April 11 till May 19.

The counting is taking place amid tight security and the authorities have deployed heavy security forces across the country in order to handle possible violence in wake of the result announcement.

On his part, opposition leader Rahul Gandhi congratulated Narendra Modi and his party saying he respects verdict of Indian people to give Modi another term as the premier and would continue the ideological battle against the BJP.

Source: Kuwait News Agency