TsuNaMo sweeping India, BJP led NDA heading for landslide majority

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By Sarkaritel May 16, 2014 19:36

TsuNaMo sweeping India, BJP led NDA heading for landslide majority


By TN Ashok

New Delhi, May 16: As counting got underway here this morning in one of the most fiercely fought general elections in India,  the BJP led NDA front seemed to be heading  for a clear majority on its own leading in 277 seats and allies 49 seats.  The Congress which won the 2004 and 2009 general elections successively keeping BJP out then, has suffered its most shocking electoral reverse in the last 30 years leading only in 74 seats along with its allies in the amorphous UPA.

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, who has led the massive resurgence of the BJP nationwide with his unsurpassable charisma and successful Gujarat model of development, is set to be the next prime minister of India, with early election results on Friday showing the pro-business pro-development right wing Hindu nationalist party headed for the biggest victory the country has seen in 30 years with more than 326 seats..

Congress has already conceded defeat judging by the comments of various of its leaders seen on different channels on Indian TV. A Congress party spokesman told reporters the party had accepted that the country decided to vote against them.

If one goes by the trends projected by different channels including the leading NDTV, Times Now, CNN IBN and others, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) riding on the personal charisma of Narendra Modi is said to be winning the vote count in 326 parliamentary seats, far more than the majority of 272 required to rule. Even on its own, the BJP was ahead in 273 seats.

The Congress led United Progressive Alliance steered by the Gandhi family is having its worst-ever showing in Indian election history, down to 67 seats where its said to be leading. The party has been devastated by reports of high profile corruption scandals, high inflation and lagging economic growth and general policy paralysis that has kept numerous foreign investors at bay.

India’s five-week election that started on April 07 wrapped up May 12 with the final polls closing in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh and the eastern states of West Bengal and Bihar. The Election Commission of India reports that a record 66% of the country’s 815 million registered voters voted..

Election campaigns against Narendra Modi, who seemed to taking the country by storm , based singularly on his controversial role in his home state of Gujarat accusing him of failure  to stop the Hindu-Muslim rioting that killed over  1,000 people, and at times even accused him of complicity, did not wash down with the public.

Because voters had refused to believe the accusations as India’s Supreme Court cleared Modi of charges that he incited the violence. And campaigns against Modi despite the SC ruling clearly showed  that the voters had already decided their preference hoping  Modi would lift the country out of economic mess, reverse policy paralysis, generate employment and bring down prices.

The controversy has thus receded into the background. “  Modi has since cast himself as an able administrator and decisive leader who has energized the economy of Gujarat and holds the promise of doing the same for the rest of the country. “ the foreign press observed of the election trends.

Sarkaritel
By Sarkaritel May 16, 2014 19:36