Modi’s BJP take commanding lead
Published: 01:55 PM, 23 May 2019 Updated: 10:16 PM, 23 May 2019
India’s election commission reports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP is leading the vote count in 292 of the 543 available seats in Parliament. Roughly 25 percent of the vote has been counted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of the most powerful and divisive leaders India has produced in decades, appeared easily headed for another five-year term, according to preliminary results.
Early results showed Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, ahead in at least 292 parliamentary districts - far beyond the 272 seats it would need for a majority in the 543-seat Parliament. At this pace, it would not need its other coalition partners to stay in control.
The win would be a far more dominating performance than many analysts had thought possible a few months ago, when Modi appeared to be struggling on economic issues.
According to the major exit polls released on Sunday, Modi’s brand of Hindu nationalist politics, coupled with his efforts to project a strong image of India abroad, played well among the country’s 900 million registered voters.