India's Congress party wins elections
Sunday, May 17, 2009
"I express my deep sense of gratitude to the people for giving us this massive mandate, for having reposed their faith in the party," said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The results of the elections come as somewhat of a surprise, as exit polling had suggested that the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) would win at best 216 parliamentary seats, and the Congress Party 160. A party or coalition has to obtain 272 out of 543 constituencies in order to select the prime minister and make a majority government.
“Overall, it is a resounding vote for development and good governance,” said Prithviraj Chavan, the Congress Party General Secretary. 714 million people were eligible to vote in the elections; turnout has been estimated at 60%, an increase of two percent over the 58% turnout reported in 2004. The parliament is to be seated by June 2.
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