Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is to secure a second five-year term with a resounding majority.
Results so far project that the BJP is set to win over 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, while the main opposition led by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party is expected to win fewer than 100.
Modi’s victory is certain but results are still being declared. Rahul Gandhi has accepted defeat and congratulated Modi on his win during a press conference.
In Tamil Nadu, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagm (DMK) party has secured a majority, defeating the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagm (AIADMK) party, highlighting a clear anti-Modi vote.
DMK President, M.K. Stalin tweeted, “During the next five years we will work hard to fulfil the promises made and protect the interest of our state!”
M.K. Stalin pays tribute to late Karunanidhi after winning majority in Tamil Nadu
In a series of tweets, Modi wrote:
“Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again.”
“Thank you, India! The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us strength to work even harder to fulfil people’s aspirations!”
Elections took place between 11 April and 19 May with 900 million voters eligible.
In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats and the Congress Party won just 44 seats, suffering its worst defeat.