BJP in landslide victory as Congress goes into meltdown
The centre-right Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi has won a stunning victory in the Indian general election. The Indian National Congress (INC), which has won for most of the last 65 years, went into meltdown with Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi accepting responsibility.
The BJP victory was bigger than anyone can have expected. In the 2009 election they lost for the second time, taking 159 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha after being ousted in 2004. This time they will have an outright majority on their own, with 283 seats, a feat that has not been seen by an individual party since 1984 when the INC won an outright majority. That means that they have won an additional 168 seats on their 2009 result.
Although they hardly need it now, the BJP have an alliance, the National Democratic Alliance, with a string of smaller parties from the states across India which will enhance the victory to 337 seats.
The INC has lost 162 seats and been reduced to just 44 seats, their worst result ever. Their alliance, the United Progressive Alliance has managed to win just 58 seats in the 543 seat Lok Sabha.
The new kids on the block, the Aam Aadmi Party managed to win just four seats and the Left Front, a coalition of left leaning parties, have all suffered losses.
The other winners of the day are the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) led by
J. Jayalalitha in Tamil Nadu in southern India which took 37 seats, an increase of 28 seats.
The All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC or TMC) led by Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal in north east India won 34, an increase of 15 seats whilst the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) in Odisha, next to West Bengal added four seats to their tally to go to 19 seats. Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which will be a major player in the new state of Telangana hived off from Andhra Pradesh, won 11 seats, up nine seats.
But all of this is immaterial when balanced with the massive BJP victory. It allows Narendra Modi, who is now destined to become Prime Minister, to carry out their manifesto promises (read their manifesto here) and more.