Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the people over the BJP’s landslide win in the national elections, saying it was a victory of “democracy”. On the occasion, he also made three promises to the people – never to do anything with “ill intention”, “never do anything to make a personal fortune” and “every pore, every cell in my body will work non-stop to ensure that the country keeps moving forward”.
The BJP’s performance has exceeded its tally of 2014 , crossing the 300-mark just three hours into counting. Overall, the NDA has won 348 seats. In 2014, the party won 282 seats, the NDA had won 336. It was the first time in more than three decades that a single party won majority on its own.
The party’s victory, the Prime Minister said, has created a new narrative. “All parties have to introspect” he said. Targetting the caste-based politics practised in large swathes of the country, he said, “There are only two castes left. These are… the poor. The second – those who remove poverty”.
Uttar Pradesh — the state where caste has been a key component in politics for decades — has given a huge mandate to the BJP for the second time in a row.
In 2014, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal had won 73 of the 80 seats in the state. This time, in face of a challenge from the Grand Alliance of Mayawati and Samajwadi Party of Akhilesh Yadav, the BJP has won 64 seats.
Meanwhile today, amid the victory celebrations, the Union Cabinet will meet in the evening around 5 PM to recommend the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. After the Cabinet’s recommendation is passed in the form of a resolution, President Ram Nath Kovind will dissolve the present Lok Sabha, the term of which is ending on June 3. The 17th Lok Sabha has to be constituted before June 3 and the process to form a new House will be initiated when the three Election Commissioners meet the President in the next few days to hand over the list of newly-elected members.