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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party have ruled India for ten years, and preliminary results from the country’s elections suggest that they will continue to rule. Photo: AP / NTB

Of NTB | 04.06.2024 09:03:00

Policy: 642 million people voted in the six-week election, which corresponds to around 66 percent of those eligible to vote.

According to the National Election Commission, Modi’s party was leading with 39.3 percent support when a quarter of the votes were counted on Tuesday.

The BJP and their supporting parties, which together make up the National Democratic Alliance, are thus likely to get at least 286 representatives in the lower house of the National Assembly. 272 representatives provide a majority.

According to preliminary results, the Congress party and their allies in the INDIA alliance are likely to get 197 representatives.

So far, the opposition seems to have done better than this, but election day polls have also been thoroughly wrong in India in the past.

The BJP and Modi have been in power for the past ten years in India, and the opposition in the country is divided and relatively weak.

The Congress Party, led by Rahul Gandhi, dominated Indian politics for many years after independence from Britain in 1947, but today only holds power in three of the country’s 28 states.

The Prime Minister has initiated several major infrastructure projects such as roads, high-speed trains and airports. But the economic growth has not benefited everyone.

Unemployment in the world’s most populous country remains high, and poverty is widespread.

Gross domestic product per inhabitant is, according to the World Bank, around 2,000 dollars annually.

During the start of the election campaign, Modi inaugurated, among other things, a Hindu temple on the site where a centuries-old mosque was destroyed by fanatical Hindus in 1992.

Around 80 percent of Indians are Hindu, and Modi’s party emphasizes this as a central part of the national identity.

The critics believe that the country’s 200 million Muslims are becoming second-class citizens who are increasingly discriminated against.

Election day polls indicated in advance that the BJP and its supporting parties would secure up to 350 representatives in the lower house, while the INDIA alliance was predicted to get just over 120.

Under Modi, India has grown to become the world’s fifth largest economy, and the country is also playing an increasing political role as a counterweight to China.

Modi has been heavily criticized for stoking religious tensions, and extreme Hindu nationalists have repeatedly attacked the country’s Muslim minority.

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