It seems India’s far-right Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) has won a landslide victory in the nation’s parliament. Even though final results have not been announced, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP is leading in the legislature with 292 seats out of 543 seats in the lower house of India’s parliament.
A party needs 272 seats to form a government.
The 2019 Indian election was seen as Modi’s referendum to solidify right-wing Hindu nationalist politics.
Renowned academic Zoya Hasan said, “BJP’s strategy, of divide and divert, has worked very, very successfully. At the end of the day, the Hindu vote bank has been consolidated, consecrated, and sanctified in a sense.”
Over 600 million people voted during the elections, out of 900 million eligible voters. The initial results show that Modi’s party won more votes than in 2014.
The opposition party, Indian National Congress, or Congress, has obtained only 48 seats, a poor showing for the party that will lead many to question the leadership of Rahul Gandhi, a scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty whose father, grandmother and great grandfather all served as prime ministers for the party.
“In the past we talked about the dangers of majoritarianism. Now, it is something that’s clearly present, it’s there, and on the basis of this election, India’s democracy can clearly be described as a majoritarian democracy,” Hasan wrote.