BJP's Narendra Modi elected new prime minister of India
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Power inis set to transfer to the (BJP) and the leader following an election in the world's largest democracy. The ruling conceded defeat yesterday and BJP are set to win a healthy majority of seats. The success for the party in the election tracks predicted results from exit polls.
Following the victory, Modi posted on social networking site"India has won. Good days are about to come". He then visited his mother to seek her blessing: he touched her feet, she put a mark on his head and gave him sweets. Thereafter, Modi travelled from his home in the Indian state of to . In Delhi, a victory parade was held for Modi.
Conceding defeat,from the Congress Party said: "We humbly respect the verdict of the people."
President and Prime Minister have both congratulated Modi and invited him to visit and respectively. , the prime minister of , said BJP had won an "impressive victory".
Modi has been Gujarat chief minister since 2001. Modi has been controversial since a violent riot erupted in Gujarat in 2002 which led to the death of about a thousand people, primarily. Modi's critics allege he let the inter-religious violence happen without much effort to stop it. He was subsequently denied visas to travel to the United States, and the United Kingdom cut ties with him.
In 2012, a Special Investigations Team appointed by the Indian Supreme Court found no evidence for Modi's role in the violence. Following this, the British high commissioner in India decided to reconnect with Modi and invite him to visit London to address the. The United States has warmed up to Modi again and in February he met with Nancy Powell, the US ambassador to India. During the elections, Modi attempted to reassure Muslims that he would protect all religious groups in India, telling : "I've to run the government. Governments run on the basis of Constitution. I believe a government has one religion and that's India First".
The outgoing Prime Ministerreleased a statement: "As I have said on many occasions, my life and tenure in public office are an open book. I have always tried to do my best in serving this great nation of ours. In the last ten years, we as a country have seen many successes and achievements that we should be proud of. Today, India is a far stronger country in every respect than it was a decade ago."
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