Graphic shows India election result.


Modi poised for historic landslide

By Jordi Bou

May 23, 2019 - India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is on track for a historic landslide election victory that would cement the Hindu nationalist leader as the country’s most formidable politician in decades.

Election Commission data by midafternoon showed the Bharatiya Janata Party leading in contests for 299 out of 542 seats in the lower house of Parliament, with its main rival, the Indian National Congress, ahead in 50 contests.

The final tally was not expected until Thursday evening at the earliest.

The election has been seen as a referendum on India's 68-year-old prime minister, whose economic reforms have had mixed results but whose popularity as a social underdog in India's highly stratified society has endured.

PUBLISHED: 23/05/2019; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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