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NaMo all the way, BJP-led alliance returns with thumping majority

May 23, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP crossed the halfway mark on its own steam and the ruling National Democratic Alliance made a clean sweep in the national elections within two hours of counting of votes.

Just a few minutes back, the PM tweeted:

Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat - Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The party has asked 20,000 workers to come to the BJP headquarters in Delhi this evening. The large gathering is being planned for a grand welcome for PM Modi. All winning candidates have been told to reach Delhi by 25 May.Exit polls had predicted that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance would win 300-plus seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

"Many congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for delivering such a massive victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party," tweeted Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. "I express my gratitude to the people of the country." Union Minister Suresh Prabhu said, "It's nothing short of a landslide,a political tsunami sweeping entire country,East or west @BJP4India is the best, is a reality.North to South people have voted for a clear, unambiguous choice, country must progress further under leadership of PM Modi".

The BJP did well in most states, including the three heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, which the Congress won in December. It did well in Karnataka as well which puts the ruling Congress-led coalition government in the state in an insecure position.

In Uttar Pradesh, which sends the largest number of MLAs to the Lok Sabha, the BJP had a huge early lead over the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav alliance. A good performance in this state is essential for any party ruling in the Centre.

In West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stayed ahead but results show that the BJP has made huge inroads. The BJP made huge gains in Odisha as well and this helped make up for losses it suffered elsewhere.

On Twitter, Banerjee said,"Congratulations to the winners. But all losers are not losers. We have to do a complete review and then we will share our views with you all. Let the counting process be completed fully and the VVPATs matched."

The Congress did well in Punjab and Tamil Nadu, where it joined hands with the DMK.

Over the last five years, PM has been credited with building a strong foreign policy and high-profile campaigns like Swachh Bharat and Make-in-India. But he has been attacked over an economy slowdown, failure to create jobs, the agriculture crisis and rising hate crimes.

In a graceful gesture, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah gave credit to PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah for their party's performance. "Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years," Abdullah tweeted.

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