The Indian landslide

05/26/2014
When voting began in Indian parliamentary elections Apr. 7, Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat, was expected to lead his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party to victory. What wasn't expected was the landslide evident when voting ceased May 12. The BJP won 282 seats in Lok Sabha, the lower house. That's 10 seats more than an absolute majority. The National Democratic Alliance, the coalition led by the BJP, won 334 seats. The Indian National Congress Party, led by Rahul Gandhi, won only 44 seats. Congress has governed India since independence in 1947 except for 1998-2004 and 16 days in 1996, when the BJP led coalition governments. This time, the BJP won't need to form a coalition....
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