Modi’s party wins big in bellwether polls
India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party won landslide victories in results announced Saturday of key state legislative elections that are seen as a referendum on the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s nearly three-year-old government.
Leaders from Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the party’s victory in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, would boost the premier’s chances of winning another term in 2019 elections.
The Election Commission said the BJP won 311 out of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh’s legislature. The party’s president, Amit Shah, described it as “a historic verdict.”
In another northern state, Uttarakhand, the BJP won 56 of 70 seats and was leading in one other constituency, wresting power from the Congress party, the main opposition at the national level.
The elections were held in five states in February and early March, but the votes were not tallied until Saturday.
The Congress party had a facesaving win in Punjab state, where it captured 77 of 117 seats.
In New Delhi, supporters of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party celebrate legislative election results seen as a referendum on the performance of Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The elections were held in five states in February and March, but the votes were not tallied until Saturday.