India's long-drawn general election saw a huge victory for the Narendra Modi-led NDA government. Celebrations by the BJP supporters began well before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's victory was declared in the noon. In
With the results of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a super-sized victory for a second term in office, as his message of nationalism, security, Hindu pride and a New India was wholeheartedly embraced by voters across large swathes of the country.
The last time a single party pulled off back-to-back majorities was in 1984, when Rajiv Gandhi's Congress won more than 400 seats in an election held soon after Indira Gandhi's assassination.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was re-elected by over 4.75 lakh votes from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, was congratulated by leaders from across the globe.
Election Commission pegged BJP's tally at 303 while that of Congress at 52.
The Union Cabinet passed a resolution in the afternoon to dissolve 16th Lok Sabha.
PM Narendra Modi then went to Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit his resignation as Prime Minister in 16th Lok Sabha.
President Ram Nath Kovind asked PM Modi to continue till new government assumes office.
The Modi sweep crushed Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh although he was elected to the Lok Sabha by over 4 lakh votes from Wayanad in Kerala. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who had planned a meeting of opposition parties on Thursday in the hope of dislodging Modi, was the sole Congress winner for the Congress in Uttar Pradesh (Rae Bareli).
The SP-BSP alliance, which was confident of tripping the BJP's road to victory, suffered a blow in the country's politically most critical state.
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May 24, 20198:14 PM (IST)
Here is the secret behind BJP's massive victory in Lok Sabha Election 2019
Many predicted that BJP will lose in these elections. Others said that it will not bag as many number of seats as it did in 2014 elections.
But the results defied all predictions. BJP came back to power with more number of seats.
So what happened? How did PM Narendra Modi and the BJP manage to pull this off?
Watch this video to know more.
Kurukshetra | Analysis of BJP's massive victory in Lok Sabha Elections
May 24, 20198:08 PM (IST)
Congress Working Committee to go in a huddle tomorrow morning
After worse than expected performance in Lok Sabha election 2019, all is relatively silent in Congress' camp. Amid reports that party president Rahul Gandhi may have to step down from his post, the Congress Working Committee has organised a meeting.
The meeting is likely to take place at 11 am on Saturday (May 25) at AICC headquarters in New Delhi.
May 24, 20197:25 PM (IST)
President Kovind accepts PM Modi's resignation, decks cleared for new government | Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 LIVE Updates
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has submitted his resignation to President Ram Nath Kovind. The president has asked him to continue till the new government is formed.
PM Narendra Modi met the President today and tendered his resignation along with the Council of Ministers. The President has accepted the resignation and has requested Narendra Modi and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new Government assumes office. pic.twitter.com/dX4TltRA5S
Ideology of Gandhiji's killers won, this is a cause of concern: Digvijay Singh
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh voiced his thoughts over results of recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. Singh was defeated by BJP's Pragya Thakur in Bhopal.
Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh who lost to BJP's Pragya Singh Thakur from Bhopal LS constituency: Today in this country, the ideology of the killer of Mahatma Gandhi won and the ideology of Gandhi lost. This is a cause of concern for me. pic.twitter.com/MSV5rDtX1m
Dharma of alliance should be followed: Congress' Sadanand Singh
I'm upset, there was a delay in seat sharing and process of alliance, it wasn't fair. Unless 'dharma' of an alliance is followed wholeheartedly, it will not be successful: Sadanand Singh, Congress on alliance in Bihar
May 24, 20191:57 PM (IST)
Kerala CM congratulates PM Modi on victory
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Friday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his colleagues for the BJP-led NDA's stellar performance in the Lok Sabha polls.
In a message to Modi, Vijayan said meaningful cooperation from the Centre was expected in the best interests of the state and country, a statement from the Chief Minister's Officer said.
The BJP-led NDA won 350 seats in the seven-phase Lok Sabha polls, results for which were announced Thursday.
In Kerala, while the CPI(M)-LDF managed to win only one seat, the opposition Congress-led UDF made a clean sweep garnering 19 of the 20 seats.
May 24, 20191:54 PM (IST)
BJD storming to power in Odisha for fifth consecutive term
The ruling BJD in Odisha is set to form a government for a record fifth term in a row, having bagged 104 of the 146 Assembly seats in the state and establishing leads in eight others.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is steering his Biju Janata Dal (BJD) singularly to another emphatic victory, has pocketed his home turf Hinjili in Ganjam district and is currently leading from Bijepur constituency in west Odisha.
The BJP has made substantial gains in Odisha this time, with its nominees clinching 23 seats so far, while the Congress has bagged just nine seats.
The CPI(M) and an Independent have bagged one seat each. Counting is currently underway for eight seats.
The BJD, which secured an absolute majority, is marching towards a two-third share in the assembly, with most of its ministers, including S N Patro, Usah Devi, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Prafulla Samal and Nrusingha Sahu registering thumping victories.
May 24, 20191:51 PM (IST)
DMK triumphs, AIADMK retains power in TN
Putting up a spirited performance in the Assembly by-polls despite its Lok Sabha debacle, the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu has won nine of the 22 segments where elections were held in two phases in April and May.
The DMK also made electoral inroads, as it added another 13 members to its existing number of 88, even as it has the support of nine of its allies including the eight Congress legislators.
While the DMK enjoyed a 45.1 per cent vote share in the by-polls, that of AIADMK's stood at 38.2.
The vacancies to these 22 seats were created by reasons including the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs in 2017 after they revolted against Chief Minister K Palaniswami who had merged the faction led by him with that of then rebel leader and his now deputy, O Panneerselvam.
May 24, 20191:48 PM (IST)
Yogendra Mishra resigns from his post
Yogendra Mishra, President of District Congress Committee - Amethi, resigns from the post taking responsibility for the defeat
May 24, 20191:47 PM (IST)
Newly elected MPs, MLAs with Stalin
Tamil Nadu: Newly elected party MPs and MLAs (by-polls) meet DMK Chief MK Stalin at party office in Chennai
May 24, 20191:46 PM (IST)
I take the moral responsibility for this debacle: Niranjan Patnaik
I too had contested the election, the party had given me a responsibility, I take the moral responsibility for this debacle and relinquish this job. I've communicated it to my AICC President: Niranjan Patnaik, President, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee
May 24, 20191:12 PM (IST)
Mamata Banerjee calls emergency meet tomorrow
West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee to hold a meeting with her party leaders at her residence in Kalighat, Kolkata tomorrow
May 24, 201912:51 PM (IST)
BJP crosses 300 mark, Cong bags 52 as counting nears end
Sealing its phenomenal electoral victory, the Narendra Modi-led BJP crossed the 300 mark and was leading in one seat as counting for votes for 542 Lok Sabha seats neared its end on Friday.
The massive exercise began Thursday morning with early trends establishing the BJP's conclusive lead, making it evident that Modi's message, packaging muscular nationalism, security and Hindu pride, had worked wonders.
With the BJP riding a Modi wave that took it past its 2014 tally of 282, the opposition was left way behind with the Congress winning only 52 seats, two less than it needs for a Leader of Opposition post in the lower house and marginally more than the 44 it got in the last general elections.
Regional parties followed the Congress in the electoral table.
The DMK with 23 wins, the Trinamool Congress and the YSRCP with 22 each, the Shiv Sena with 18 and the Janata Dal-United with 16 made their presence felt in an election that took on overtones of a presidential contest with the domination of Modi.
The other regional parties, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, did not fare well.
May 24, 201912:47 PM (IST)
It is time for all of us to introspect: HK Patil writes to Rahul Gandhi
Karnataka Congress Campaign Committee President, HK Patil writes to party president Rahul Gandhi, states, 'It is time for all of us to introspect. I feel it my moral duty to own up the responsibility, hence, I submit my resignation from the post.'
May 24, 201912:43 PM (IST)
Landslide victory for BJP in Arunachal Pradesh assembly polls
The BJP has comfortably crossed the 31-seat mark in Arunachal Pradesh to claim simple majority in the 60-member Assembly, while its rival Congress has bagged just four seats so far, the results made available by the Election Commission showed.
Counting of votes is still underway for five assembly constituencies in the state.
For the first time, the BJP will form government in the Himalayan state with the support of its own MLAs.
The saffron party has clinched 37 Assembly seats, including three unopposed, and is currently taking a lead in two constituencies.
The JD(U), which made its maiden entry into the electoral scene of Arunachal Pradesh, won seven seats so far, while another debutant National People's Party (NPP) secured four seats.
May 24, 201912:40 PM (IST)
Raj Babbar resigns as UP Congress president
UP Congress president Raj Babbar sends resignation to Rahul Gandhi over party's performance in Lok Sabha polls
May 24, 201912:39 PM (IST)
BJP's onslaught stopped in front of regional parties: Owaisi
BJP's onslaught was stopped wherever there were regional parties, says Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM
BJP won 177 out of 300 where Congress was against them, after this result if someone says that they alone have the right to rule the country or defeat BJP, I don't think it has any value: Owaisi
May 24, 201912:18 PM (IST)
MP: Pragya Singh Thakur reaches BJP headquarters
Madhya Pradesh: Pragya Singh Thakur reaches BJP state headquarters in Bhopal. She defeated Congress' Digvijaya Singh with a margin of 3,64,822 votes from Bhopal parliamentary constituency.
May 24, 201911:58 AM (IST)
Bureaucrats arrive at Jaganmohan Reddy's residence
Andhra Pradesh: Senior bureaucrats of the state arrive at YSRCP Chief Jaganmohan Reddy's residence in Amaravati.
Jaganmohan Reddy will take oath as the Chief Minister on 30th May.
May 24, 201911:47 AM (IST)
Aung San Suu Kyi congratulates PM Modi
State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi sends a congratulatory letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
May 24, 201911:44 AM (IST)
Farooq Abdullah dances after party wins seats in valley
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and winning candidate from Srinagar, Farooq Abdullah, dances during celebrations at party office in Jammu.
National Conference has won 2 out of the 3 seats in the valley and is leading on 1.
#WATCH Former J&K CM and winning candidate from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah dances during celebrations at party office in Jammu. National Conference has won 2 out of the 3 seats in the valley and is leading on 1. pic.twitter.com/NeGbhDxwJy
Delhi High Court issues notice to EC, Union of India
Delhi High Court issues notice to the Election Commission of India and the Union of India, on a petition seeking to review the political parties registered with religious, caste, ethnic or linguistic connotations and de-register them, if they fail to rename within three month.
May 24, 201911:08 AM (IST)
Final party position in Assam
Total seats - 14
Results declared - 14
BJP - 9
Congress - 3
AIUDF - 1
Independent - 1
May 24, 201910:54 AM (IST)
PM Modi meets Murli Manohar Joshi in Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi's residence in Delhi
Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi is a scholar and intellectual par excellence. His contribution towards improving Indian education is remarkable. He has always worked to strengthen the BJP and mentor several Karyakartas, including me.
Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader G. Parameshwara holds a meeting at his residence.
Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, KPCC Chief Dinesh Gundu Rao, MB Patil and other leaders present at the meeting.
May 24, 201910:41 AM (IST)
PM Modi meets LK Advani in Delhi
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets senior BJP leader LK Advani, to meet Murli Manohar Joshi later today.
Called on respected Advani Ji. The BJP’s successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people. pic.twitter.com/liXK8cfsrI
The Congress working committee meeting has been scheduled for tomorrow, May 25.
The agenda of the meeting, according to the reports, will be the party's loss in the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.
May 24, 201910:04 AM (IST)
Best wishes to Congress leaders: Robert Vadra
Robert Vadra, brother-in-law of Congress President Rahul Gandhi tweets.
Winning & losing is a part of life. My best wishes to Congress leaders & workers.There was plenty of hard work that went into elections. No doubt, it's disheartening but let's keep the fight on.I congratulate PM Mr. Narendra Modi,BJP & NDA. pic.twitter.com/S2ZG1IYkG7
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh likely to switch Navjot Singh Sidhu's department.
May 24, 20199:57 AM (IST)
Odisha: Sambit Patra loses Puri seat
Odisha: BJP candidate from Puri, Sambit Patra, loses by over 11,000 votes to BJD's Pinaki Misra
May 24, 20199:45 AM (IST)
Patnaik retains Hinjli seat, leads Bijepur by 56000 votes
Odisha Chief Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president Naveen Patnaik on Friday retained his home turf Hinjli for a fifth consecutive term, trouncing nearest rival and BJP nominee Pitambar Acharya from the assembly seat by 60,160 votes, according to EC sources.
The BJD supremo, who is steering his party to another emphatic victory in the state, has also established a lead of 56,000 votes in Bijepur constituency in west Odisha against Sanat Kumar Gartia of the saffron party.
The ruling BJD is all set to form a government for a fifth time in a row, with its candidates winning 89 seats and leading in 23 others out of the 146 assembly segments, the EC sources said.
This is for the first time Patnaik contested the assembly election from two seats.
May 24, 20199:38 AM (IST)
Leaders congratulate PM Modi for his massive election victory
Emir of Kuwait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, sends a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his electoral victory.
Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and PM Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar messages to PM Narendra Modi.
May 24, 20199:23 AM (IST)
YSR Congress wins 151 Assembly, 22 Lok Sabha seats
YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), which swept to power in Andhra Pradesh with a landslide victory, has bagged 151 seats in 175-member Assembly. It also won 22 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats.
As counting in a couple of constituencies continued past midnight with a keen tussle between the YSRCP and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the final tally became clear early Friday.
The TDP finished a distant second with 23 Assembly and three Lok Sabha seats.
Actor Pawan Kalyan's Jana Sena Party (JSP), which made the electoral debut, bagged one Assembly seat. Both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) drew blank.
In 2014, the TDP had bagged 102 seats while its then ally BJP had won four seats. The YSRCP had won 67 seats while two independents were also elected. In the simultaneous Lok Sabha polls, TDP had won 15 seats, YSRCP eight and BJP two seats.
In the results declared late Thursday night, TDP' Galla Jayadev retained Guntur Lok Sabha seat with a margin of 4,800 votes over his nearest rival M. Venugopal Reddy of the YSRCP.
TDP's Kesineni Nani and K. Rammohan Naidu also retained Vijayawada and Srikakulam Lok Sabha seats respectively after a close contest.
May 24, 20198:41 AM (IST)
Party position in Maharashtra
Final party position in Maharashtra -
Total Lok Sabha seats: 48
BJP - 23
Shiv Sena - 18
NCP - 4
Congress - 1
AIMIM - 1
Independent - 1
May 24, 20198:03 AM (IST)
Mike Pence congratulates PM Modi
US Vice President Mike Pence congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Congrats to an American ally and friend PM Narendra Modi, on his party’s win in India’s parliamentary elections! We look forward to continuing to work with India for a freer, safer, and more prosperous region," he says.
May 24, 20197:57 AM (IST)
Canadian PM congratulates Modi on huge win
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his massive victory.
"I congratulate PM Narendra Modi on his re-election. I look forward to continuing to work with him to improve lives of Canadians and Indians alike through education and innovation, investing in trade and investment and fighting climate change," he says.
May 24, 20197:48 AM (IST)
Elections in India an inspiration around the world: US
Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his re-election, the United States has said that the just-concluded elections in India, the largest democratic exercise in human history, is an inspiration for people around the world.
"Congrats to an American ally and friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his party's win in India's parliamentary election," Vice President Mike Pence tweeted.
"This was a strong display of the Indian people's commitment to democracy! We look forward to continuing to work with India for a freer, safer, and more prosperous region," he said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo too took to Twitter to congratulate the prime minister.
"Congratulations to @narendramodi and the NDA for their victory in India's election, and to the Indian people for casting their votes in such historic numbers. As the world's largest exercise in democracy, #India's election is an inspiration around the world," he said.
During an off-camera gaggle with reporters, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said India's elections are the world's largest exercise in democracy, a marvel of logistics and planning with 900 million people – an eighth of the world's population – eligible to vote.
"We applaud the high turnout, estimated at around 66 per cent or roughly 600 million people, and the government of India for their excellent execution of this incredible event," Ortagus said.
He was fielded against Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh.
May 24, 20197:04 AM (IST)
Modi's 2nd term to lay groundwork for the next 25 years: US corporate leader
Congratulating Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his election victory, a top American corporate leader has asserted that in the next five years, the PM will lay the groundwork for India's economic growth and prosperity for the next quarter century.
"Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a decisive election victory. These next five years of Prime Minister Modi's leadership will lay the groundwork for the next 25 years in terms of economic growth and prosperity for the country," John Chambers, Chairman of the Board of Directors at US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF), said.
Chambers said under Modi's leadership, India will be able to increase its GDP and see economic growth and job-creation, and improve trade and foreign investment.
May 24, 20197:00 AM (IST)
Sikkim Assembly Election Results
Out of total 32 assembly constituency seats -
Sikkim Democratic Front wins 15 seats
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha wins 17 seats
May 24, 20196:59 AM (IST)
BJP wins on 288 out of total 542 seats
Out of total 542 Parliamentary constituency seats -
BJP wins on 288 seats, leading on 15
Congress wins on 50 seats, leading on 2
May 24, 20196:59 AM (IST)
BJP supporters celebrate in Spain
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters celebrate in Barcelona, Spain.
May 24, 20196:57 AM (IST)
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena candidates win Mumbai seats
Maharashtra: Shiv Sena candidates Arvind Sawant, Gajanan Kirtikar and Rahul Ramesh Shewal win Mumbai South, Mumbai North West and Mumbai South Central Lok Sabha seats respectively
May 24, 20196:57 AM (IST)
Nitin Gadkari wins Nagpur by 2,16,009 votes
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari wins Nagpur Lok Sabha seat by 2,16,009 votes; celebrations at his residence.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis also present.
May 24, 20196:55 AM (IST)
Chandigarh: Kirron Kher wins by 46,970 votes
Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Kirron Kher wins Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat by 46,970 votes.
She was fielded against Congress' Pawan Kumar Bansal.
May 24, 20196:54 AM (IST)
UP: Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh Yadav from their parliamentary seats
Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav win Mainpuri and Azamgarh Lok Sabha parliamentary seats respectively.
May 24, 20196:53 AM (IST)
Bihar: JDU's Dulal Chandra Goswami wins Katihar by 57203 votes
Bihar: Janata Dal (United) candidate from Katihar, Dulal Chandra Goswami defeats Congress' Tariq Anwar (in pic) by a margin of 57203 votes
May 24, 20196:52 AM (IST)
UP: Sonia Gandhi wins Raebareli by 167178 votes
Uttar Pradesh: Sonia Gandhi wins Raebareli Lok Sabha seat by 167178 votes.
May 24, 20196:49 AM (IST)
Bihar: Misa Bharti defeated by 39321 votes from Pataliputra
Bihar: BJP candidate from Pataliputra Lok Sabha seat, Ram Kripal Yadav defeats Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate Misa Bharti with a margin of 39321 votes
May 24, 20196:47 AM (IST)
Bihar: Ravi Shankar Prasad wins Patna Sahib by 284657 votes
Bihar: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wins Patna Sahib Lok Sabha constituency by 284657 votes. He was fielded against Congress' Shatrughan Sinha