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Indians Choose Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party in Historic Landslide
Written by Aparna Ray On 16 May 2014 @ 15:41 pm | No Comments
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Indians returned a decisive verdict in the country's parliamentary elections, leading to a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -led National Democratic Alliance  (NDA) and its projected prime minister Narendra Modi .
The ruling Congress party  and its allies, which constitutes the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), have suffered a crushing defeat and have already conceded failure , even before the final tally has been announced.
Sensing victory, Modi tweeted:
India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 16, 2014 
“India has won! Victory for India. Good days coming up ahead.”
BJP on their own have garnered a clear majority by winning over 272 seats, bringing back the trend of single-party majority. With their allies, they are about to win over 330 seats out of the total of 543. In a country that has become entrenched in the tug-o-war of coalition politics since 1984, this resounding victory, seen to be a first in over 30 years , is expected to change the nature of decision-making and the way ahead for India.
A special Victory Wall  has already been created online by the BJP social media team. There, citizens can leave their good wishes for the winning alliance and for their leader Modi.
While various exit polls and post-poll research had already predicted a win, almost no one had foreseen the almost complete wipe-out of the ruling party, helmed by President of the Indian National Congress (INC) Sonia Gandhi  of the Nehru-Gandhi  family and her son and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi . It now looks like the Congress along with its allies will get slightly more than 58-60 seats, not even enough to form a formidable opposition.
Exit polls in India rightly projected the winner but underestimated extent of Congress's defeat. Lok Sabha will have no leader of opposition
— Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) May 16, 2014 
Blogger Tinu Cherian Abraham commented on the development:
— Tinu Cherian Abraham (@tinucherian) May 16, 2014 
Satbir Singh, who works in media and advertising, tweeted why such small numbers could pose a problem for the new opposition:
The problem with being a 60-member opposition is that no one notices if you stage a walkout in Parliament.
— Satbir Singh (@thesatbir) May 16, 2014 
A highly energetic “led-from-the-front” election campaign coupled with an effective online and offline media efforts designed by some of India's best communication strategists propelled Modi to the historic victory. Communications specialist and public affairs analyst Vivek Sengupta opined:
By any yardstick, Mr. #Modi  ran a stupendous campaign, unprecedented in the annals of Indian electioneering.
— Vivek Sengupta (@vsengupta) May 16, 2014 
Blogger Sandip Ghose tweeted:
— GhoseSpot (@SandipGhose) May 11, 2014 
Social media played an important and tireless part  in the elections, perhaps more than ever before. Sohini Mitter, copy editor and features writer at Forbes India, tweeted:
JFK was America's first TV president. Obama was America's first social media president. Modi, clearly, is India's first TV & social media PM
— Sohini (@Mittermaniac) May 16, 2014 
However, there are concerns amongst a section of Indians about the rise of BJP and, more specifically, of the controversial Modi. The latter they continue to associate with the 2002 Gujarat riots , one of the worst examples of Hindi-Muslim violence in India's recent history during which between 900 and 2,000 people  were killed. Despite the courts of India clearing him  of wrongdoing, some accuse Modi , who was the chief minister of Gujarat, of involvement in a conspiracy or not taking enough action to stem the violence.
There are also worries that this clean sweep may empower communal forces – a worry that had earlier mobilized a group of citizens comprising of activists, intellectuals and artists to actively appeal and campaign  against letting Modi come to power.
Now that the die is cast, a peaceful transition and decisive, positive, inclusive, development-oriented governance is the hope of many. May both the winners and losers be gracious and work towards a common goal, which is the betterment of India and its citizens. Surely, that isn't too much to ask – or is it?
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 Image: http://www.demotix.com/photo/4424245/lok-sabha-elections-narendra-modi-file-nomination-vadodara
 a decisive verdict : http://www.ndtv.com/elections/
 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): http://www.bjp.org/
 National Democratic Alliance: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Democratic_Alliance_%28India%29
 Narendra Modi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narendra_Modi
 ruling Congress party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_National_Congress
 United Progressive Alliance (UPA), : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Progressive_Alliance
 conceded failure: https://twitter.com/BBCBreaking/status/467263252947550209
 May 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/narendramodi/statuses/467192528878329856
 first in over 30 years: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27435856
 Victory Wall: http://victorywall.narendramodi.in/
 Sonia Gandhi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonia_Gandhi
 Nehru-Gandhi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehru%E2%80%93Gandhi_family
 Rahul Gandhi: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rahul_Gandhi
 May 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/Chellaney/statuses/467238641044312065
 #Elections2014: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Elections2014&src=hash
 #Verdict2014: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Verdict2014&src=hash
 #Modiheadsto7RCR: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Modiheadsto7RCR&src=hash
 #Results2014: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Results2014&src=hash
 May 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/tinucherian/statuses/467185514458513410
 May 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/thesatbir/statuses/467197397844504576
 #Modi: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Modi&src=hash
 May 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/vsengupta/statuses/467280052108148736
 http://t.co/cnnJyJ2DqE: http://t.co/cnnJyJ2DqE
 pic.twitter.com/TDj80Im9no: http://t.co/TDj80Im9no
 May 11, 2014: https://twitter.com/SandipGhose/statuses/465390954409496576
 an important and tireless part: http://m.firstpost.com/politics/battleground-social-media-the-real-modi-wave-is-on-twitter-1520999.html
 May 16, 2014: https://twitter.com/Mittermaniac/statuses/467269972226363392
 2002 Gujarat riots: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Gujarat_riots
 between 900 and 2,000 people: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2002_Gujarat_violence#cite_note-10
 clearing him: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-supreme-court-rejects-plea-questioning-clean-chit-to-narendra-modi-on-role-in-2002-gujarat-riots-1977348
 some accuse Modi: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/01/20/despite-controversial-past-indian-pm-candidate-narendra-modis-star-on-the-rise/
 actively appeal and campaign: http://twocircles.net/2014may15/900_citizens_appeal_secular_parties_form_secular_government.html
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