With a few hours to go for the final tally, the numbers are going to be a mere formality. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has recorded a historic victory in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019.
The BJP-led NDA has a vote-share of 48 percent as against 31.3 percent in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Look at it this way: nearly one out of every second Indian has voted for Modi.
The last time vote-share of a political party in India reached such a mind-numbing figure was way back in 1984. Not only this, Modi-government has managed to better its position and is likely to win close to 300 seats on its own in these elections. In 2014, the party won 282 seats.
For any incumbent government in any democracy to increase its vote-share and come back to power is unprecedented, a pundit said on news television. The BJP has cornered more than 50 percent vote-share in 10 major states including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat.
In Himachal Pradesh, nearly seven out of 10 votes have gone for the BJP.
If anything, this landslide victory for the BJP and its allies (NDA) has proven that the party has managed to create a new class of voter. The one that cuts across caste, class and region.
Rahul Gandhi-led Congress ran its campaign on the agenda of unemployment, farmers, inclusiveness and religious harmony. However, the vote-share for the BJP has proven that the common citizen of the country doesn’t subscribe to the opposition’s charges. The people of India did not buy their argument that the BJP is an anti-dalit, anti-minority, or, it’s a party of the rich.
Not only has the BJP debunked all of opposition’s claim with a resounding victory, it has managed to reach voters where the party, despite its 2014 victory, was not present.
This point is amply proven from the fact that the BJP has managed to gain a strong foothold in South India -- the one conspicuously absent in the BJP's victory in 2014.
The BJP is currently leading in 24 out of 28 seats in Karnataka with Tejaswi Surya already declared a winner from Bangalore - South constituency. More than half of all the votes cast in the state belong to the BJP. In the 2014 general election, the BJP had won 17 seats.
In Assam's 14 seats, the BJP is currently leading in nine seats as against seven in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
In a hard-fought battle in West Bengal, the BJP won merely two seats in 2014, the party is currently leading on 16 seats as against Trinamool Congress' 25 seats.