MODI WINS ELECTION, PARTY FALLS SHORT OF MANDATE

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi declared victory as his coalition secured more than half of the parliamentary seats, setting him on course for a third
consecutive term — the first in over 60 years.

This follows a six-week-long election in which nearly 1 billion people were eligible to vote.

“The National Democratic Alliance is going to form the government for the third time,” Modi said in a speech at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in New
Delhi. “We are grateful to the people. This is a victory for the world’s largest democracy.”

However, BJP’s celebrations seem relatively muted.

Modi’s alliance had set a bullish target of winning 400 out of 543 parliamentary seats. While the BJP secured 240 seats, the NDA alliance’s total is
approximately 292, according to India’s election commission. The I.N.D.I.A coalition of opposition parties picked up 234 seats, defying exit polls that
predicted a much lower tally.