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Narendra Modi’s BJP wins absolute majority in parliament again

Narendra Modi’s BJP wins absolute majority in parliament again

Narendra Modi’s BJP wins absolute majority in parliament again
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By Statista  May 24, 2019 10:49:02 AM IST (Published)

Narendra Modi’s BJP has won at least 297 out of 543 parliamentary seats in India’s Lok Sabha general elections according to the latest predictions and is therefore expected to keep its absolute majority, granting Modi another term as premier.

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Heading up to the elections, the BJP was tipped to lose seats rather than gain them, as protests by farmers and an economic slowdown intensified leading up to the elections. Yet, the Hindu nationalists emerged stronger than ever.
The rise of the BJP as India’s majority party was an unlikely one. Its predecessor, the right-wing Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) party, gained only marginal support and joined the Janata Party (People’s Party), which won the 1977 elections as a catch-all union opposing the declaration of a state of emergency in the country. After the Janata Party dissolved in 1980, the party was recreated as the BJP and started from the bottom again, gaining followers emphasizing Hindu national pride and hardline politics.
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