Eight months after the BJP named him its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, 63, proved he was worth the opposition the party originally encountered over its decision. Mr Modi has delivered the BJP’s best result ever, giving it more than the 272 seats it needs to form a government. This is the first parliamentary majority by a single party since 1984.
India has won, good days are coming, Mr Modi said at a rally in Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat, where thou- sands chanted his name. In a clear message to those who have tagged him a polarising leader, he said, “Even if we’ve clear majority to run the government, it’s our responsibility to take everyone along in running India.”
Through his campaign, Mr Modi had vowed to reboot the economy and deliver efficient governance -he said today “development for all” would be his mission. With its allies, the BJP now has over 300 of the 543 parliamentary seats. The stunning numbers provide incontrovertible evidence of the “Modi wave” that the BJP name-dropped for months. The twin headline to Mr Modi’s phenomenal win is the colossal defeat that he has enforced upon the incumbent Congress. Headed by Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, the party has crashed to its worst performance with less than 50 seats after 10 years in power.
Modi himself has been elected to parliament from Vadodara and the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, which he is expected to choose as his constituency.
– Prashant Tewari, Editor-in-Chief