Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi increases majority in election win

By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Narendra Modi’s Facebook Page

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks set to increase his majority as counting of India’s general election votes continue.

Official data from India’s Election Commission on Thursday (local time) showed Mr Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to be ahead in 302 of the available 542 seats, compared to the 282 it won in 2014.

BJP has more than the 272 seats it needed for a majority in the lower house of Parliament. This would be the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984.

The BJP is known for business-friendly policies that put Hindus first, and also for a hard line on national security.

The election has been seen as a referendum on Mr Modi, whose economic reforms have had mixed results, but who never the less enjoyed popularity as a social underdog in India’s highly stratified society.

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