New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance returned with a greater force, on Thursday, by surpassing its 2014 Lok Sabha election performance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma virtually turned India into a “lotus garden” with coming close to the NDA’s “Mission 350”. Modi’s BJP itself has won or leading in 302 seats out of the 542 seats that went to the poll.
While indicating his victory to “nationalism”, Modi, in his victory speech at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, said, “This is a victory of Hindustan … this is a victory of people.”
The Congress, BJP’s main opposition, could manage to improve its tally by only eight seats as compared to 44 in 2014, and even along with its allies, will be sending less than 100 lawmakers – 93 – to Parliament.
Congress party president Rahul Gandhi lost the family bastion Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani while securing the Wayanad seat in Kerala. On the other hand, Pragya Singh Thakur, the accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts case, defeated Congress’s Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal and KP Yadav beat the other top Congress leader, Jyotiraditya Scinida, from Guna Lok Sabha constituency.
Modi’s political wave also had a huge effect on West Bengal. The BJP hiked up its tally from two Lok Sabha seats in 2014 to 18, which pushed state chief minister and Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee into a blind corner.
In Karnataka, despite the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government, the BJP won 25 of the 28 Lok Sabha berths.
While regional players and the Congress had tried to build a campaign around caste politics, regional aspiration and economic hardship, voters gave Modi a thumbs up for his campaign on Balakot air strike and his decision to give the Army the liberty to act on their own after Pulwama Attack.
After winning the election, Modi, in a tweet, said, “Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat.”
सबका साथ + सबका विकास + सबका विश्वास = विजयी भारत— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 23, 2019
Together we grow.
Together we prosper.
Together we will build a strong and inclusive India.
India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat
Stock market investors also cheered the verdict by lifting the Bombay Stock Exchange sensex above the 40,000-mark for the first time in history, giving shares gains by the end of the day.
As soon as Modi’s landslide victory was in sight, world leaders started congratulating him and hoped for stronger and better ties with India under his leadership.
Full video of Narendra Modi’s victory celebrations at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi: