India: Election Trends Show Moral Defeat For Modi

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India Election Results 2024 Live: Modi’s BJP May Fall Short of Majority

As India counts votes for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition is currently leading. However, early trends suggest the BJP might not secure a majority on its own, with a united opposition led by the Indian National Congress making significant gains.

The election, the world’s largest democratic exercise, spanned seven phases, beginning on April 19 and concluding on Saturday. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge described the results as a clear mandate against Modi, calling it his “moral and political defeat.”

Speaking at a press conference in New Delhi, Kharge stated, “This election results are ‘janta ka result’… They are clear this mandate is against Modi ji. This is his moral and political defeat.” He was joined by party colleagues Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. When asked about the possibility of the INDIA bloc forming a government, Rahul Gandhi responded, “We will hold a meeting with our alliance partners tomorrow. These questions will be raised and answered there. We won’t make any statements without asking our alliance partners.”

Kharge later took to the social media platform X (formerly Twitter) to express the party’s acceptance of the election results. He wrote in Hindi, “We humbly accept the mandate of the 18th Lok Sabha elections. This is the victory of the people. This is the victory of democracy. This time the people did not give absolute majority to any single party. Especially the ruling party, BJP, had asked for votes in the name of one person-one face. Now, it is clear that this mandate is against Modiji. This is his political and moral defeat.”

He further commented on the Congress Party’s campaign, emphasizing its positive approach. “The Congress Party’s campaign was positive from the beginning to the end. We made issues like inflation, unemployment, the plight of farmers and labourers, and misuse of constitutional institutions central issues. A large number of people joined us and supported us on these issues. The kind of campaign the Prime Minister conducted will be remembered for a long time in history. The public understood the lies that Modiji spread about the Congress manifesto,” Kharge said.

Kharge also highlighted the significance of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra and Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, during which he met with countless people to listen to their problems and propose solutions. “We named this as 5 Nyay and 25 guarantees. On this basis, we made a guarantee card. Our workers went door to door with it,” Kharge noted.

Kharge also criticized the BJP leadership’s approach to constitutional institutions. “Another important thing happened because of the BJP leadership’s arrogance. They slowly tried to capture all the constitutional institutions through illegal means. Then, they started using them against the opposition party. Those who were subdued were suppressed and brought to their side. Those who were not subdued had their party broken, or else they were put in jail,” he said.

As the counting continues and the final results approach, the political landscape in India appears poised for significant changes, reflecting the electorate’s shifting sentiments and the effectiveness of the opposition’s campaign strategies.

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