Narendra Modi in Delhi victory parade

Narendra Modi in Delhi victory parade

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India’s Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has received a hero’s welcome at his BJP party’s headquarters in Delhi after securing the most decisive election victory in three decades. He was cheered by supporters after a victory parade from the airport.
Current PM Manmohan Singh, whose Congress party was crushed in the poll, is expected to resign later.Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist and chief minister of Gujarat, campaigned on promises to revive the economy.
Results show the BJP gained a majority in parliament and will be able to govern without coalition partners.
However, many Indians still have profound concerns over Mr Modi because of claims he did little to stop communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 in which at least 1,000 people died, most of them Muslims.
Mr Modi has always denied the allegations and was never charged.
‘India has won’
After arriving in Delhi from his home state of Gujarat, Mr Modi was greeted by flag-waving supporters. He stepped out of his car, flashing a victory sign.
A brass band, drummers and bagpipers met him at the BJP headquarters, while bunting and balloons decorated the street.
Noticeably tight security is in place, the BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi reports.
With votes still being counted, the BJP has won more than the 272 seats needed for a parliamentary majority.
With its allies, the party could get more than 330 seats out of 543.
“India has won, good days are about to come,” Mr Modi tweeted on Friday.
He later told his cheering supporters: “In the 60-year history of Indian independence, I have never seen this in the Indian media, what you have done in our country.”
He said he would rule for all Indians.
“The real government will belong from Kashmir on top to Kanya Kumari [on India’s southern tip]– that is a real government.
“The age of divisive politics has ended – from today onwards the politics of uniting people will begin.”
World leaders, including US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, have congratulated Mr Modi on his victory.
India’s new leader has received invitations to Washington and London. Previously, the US denied him visas and the UK cut off all ties with him following the 2002 riots.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif commended the BJP’s “impressive victory” in the election.
Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi: “I respect the verdict of the people”
The Congress party, which has dominated Indian politics since independence, is only expected to win 44 seats.
Congress has been mired in serious corruption scandals and its leadership has been considered ineffective in recent years, analysts say.
Accepting defeat, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said: “We humbly respect the verdict of the people.”
In a televised farewell address, Manmohan Singh said the government had achieved a lot in the last 10 years, adding: “I wish the incoming government every success.”
He is expected to meet the president later on Saturday to formally resign.
India election
• World’s biggest exercise in electoral democracy; 814 million eligible voters
• A total of 8,251 candidates stood for election
• It started five weeks ago and a total of 551 million votes were cast, with a record 66.38% turnout
• The party or alliance that wins a majority in the 543-seat parliament forms the government – BBC News

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