Modi’s third election victory looks more modest than previous wins – India’s ruling party may not get a single majority in the lower house of parliament | News Fin

In India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third consecutive victory in the parliamentary elections. However, the number of seats for Modi’s BJP and the alliance it leads seems to be shrinking.

A clear victory for Modi and the BJP was expected in advance. However, according to the Election Commission’s prediction, for the first time in a decade, the BJP alone will not get a simple majority in the lower house of Parliament. So it will be more dependent on its partners than before.

After three-fourths of the votes were counted, the BJP’s vote was around 38 percent. The party and its allies will win at least 286 parliamentary seats, enough for a majority in the lower house of parliament, but a significant drop from the 353 seats in the last election.

The BJP will get 242 seats from 303 seats in the last election.

On the other hand, the opposition’s results exceeded expectations. The main opposition Congress nearly doubled its tally to 99 seats from 52 as the counting of votes was underway.

The growth of democracy is worrying

Modi, who has been serving as the Prime Minister since 2014, is very popular in India. A Pew Research Center survey last year found that nearly 80 percent of Indians viewed Modi favorably.

Lately, the opposition parties have not been seen as a counter force to the BJP. Opposition politicians have also been subjected to criminal investigations, which are seen by opposition parties as politically motivated. For example, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal was arrested in the spring on charges of money laundering.

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Kejriwal was allowed to campaign during the election but had to return to jail on Sunday. He vowed to continue his struggle behind bars.

NGOs are concerned about India’s democratic development. US-based Freedom House said this year that the BJP is increasingly using government agencies against its political opponents.

Discrimination against some minorities, especially Muslims, has intensified under the Hindu nationalist Modi’s rule. Even during the election, Modi made sharp comments about the Muslim minority, which comprises more than 200 million Muslims.

The workers engaged in election work died due to extreme heat

About 642 million people went to vote in the six-week election. Despite the large number of votes cast, the counting of votes is expected to be quick as voting is done electronically.

– Chief Electoral Officer Rajiv Kumar promised that there would be no delay in counting of votes while threatening that people would see the strength of Indian democracy.

In previous years, the winner of the elections and the main voting trends are clear in the afternoon hours and the final result is ready only at night.

The voter turnout for the elections was recorded at 66.3, which is one percent less than the previous elections in 2019. At that time, 67.4 percent of eligible voters went to the polls.

The reason for the low turnout is believed to be that Modi did not see any real challenger and the result was considered a foregone conclusion. Apart from that, the number of voters has decreased due to the deadly heat wave in India.

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At least 33 election workers died of heat stroke in Uttar Pradesh state on Saturday when the temperature reached 46.9 degrees.

Rajiv Kumar, who leads the election officials, admitted that polling should have ended a month earlier, so that it would have ended before the worst of the heat.

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