PM Modi Thanks Trump, Rahul Gandhi for Best Wishes After Victory
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, 23 May came back to power after a landslide victory, with the NDA securing more than 350 seats. After he retained his office, Modi promised to devote "every moment" of his time and "every fibre" of his being for the people of India and said the country will now have only two castes – the poor and those who want to alleviate poverty.
"People are chanting Modi, Modi. But this is not a victory of Modi, it is the victory of people who are desperate for honesty in the system," Modi said.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, who was contesting from two seats lost his stronghold seat of Amethi to Smriti Irani but won the Wayanad seat he contested from. Gandhi congratulated the NDA and PM Narendra Modi on the massive victory.
- With NDA winning more than 350 seats, PM Modi is set for a second term as Prime Minister
- Rahul Gandhi won his Wayanad seat, but fell short of about 55,000 votes short of Smriti Irani in Amethi
Who is Likely to Play Kingmaker?
If the BJP might fall short of the majority then three regional parties that can play kingmaker are: YSR Congress President Jagan Mohan Reddy, Telangana Chief Minister and TRS Chief K Chandrashekhar Rao and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
Reddy is fighting the elections on the plank of giving special status to Andhra Pradesh. His first fight in his state is against Chandrababu Naidu. The BJP is also fighting to build a presence in Andhra. Thus with the promise of giving special status to Andhra Pradesh, Reddy can ally with the BJP.
Telangana CM KCR has advocated for a third front and has projected himself as an anti-BJP and anti-Congress leader. But KCR might ally with the BJP on the pretext of getting money from the Centre for the welfare of the state.
It is a little difficult to gauge the mood of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who has maintained his distance from the BJP calling it a communal party. But when it comes to opposing, he usually settles for the middle ground.
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: What Has Happened So Far?
The 2019 Lok Sabha elections are one of the most bitterly fought polls which were contested between April and May.
Voting commenced on 11 April and came to an end on 19 May across 542 constituencies, marked by controversial speeches across the political spectrum, questions raised over EC’s functioning and reports of intermittent violence, especially in West Bengal.
The key states to look out for are Uttar Pradesh, with its 80 seats; Maharashtra, with 48 seats; West Bengal, with 42 seats; and Bihar, with 40 seats.
A three-cornered contest is being witnessed in UP, with the BJP taking on the Mahagathbandhan (SP+BSP+RLD) and the Congress. In Maharashtra, the Congress-NCP combine is fighting the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance.
Trying to make inroads into West Bengal, the BJP is locked in a bitter contest with the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress in the state.
In Bihar, the RJD-Congress alliance (along with other smaller parties) is fighting the NDA coalition comprising Nitish Kumar's JD(U), BJP and Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP.
EC Refused to Change the Counting Process
The Election Commission on Wednesday refused to make any changes to the counting process as demanded by the Opposition parties on Tuesday in a meeting with the commission.
The Opposition parties had demanded the tallying of VVPATs with EVMs before the counting process.
MHA Alerts States Over Possible Violence Ahead of Counting Day
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has sent an alert to State Chief Secretaries and Director General’s of Police, about the possibility of violence in different parts of the country relating to the counting of votes, ANI reported. The MHA has asked the states and UTs to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility.
States/UTs were also asked to take adequate measures for the security of strong rooms and venues of counting of votes.
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