Modi's PJB Wins Landslide in India's General Election

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked the people of India for giving him a "historic mandate" of five more years in office, after a landslide victory in the general election.

"We all want a new India. I want to bow down my head and say thank you," he said in a victory address to supporters of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP is projected to get about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament. It is likely to take a larger share of the vote than in the 2014 elections. The main opposition alliance, which is headed by Rahul Gandhi's Congress party, has admitted defeat.

The general election was widely viewed as a referendum on the prime minister's Hindu nationalist politics, and the victory was won despite growing unemployment, fears of a recession and a slump in industrial production.

Partial and declared results show Modi's BJP is projected to win 300 seats on its own, and combined with the party's allies, this number reaches nearly 350. The main opposition Congress party is expected to win fewer than 60. A party or coalition needs at least 272 seats to secure a majority in the 543-member lower house of parliament, or Lok Sabha.

More than 600 million people voted in a marathon six-week process, which involved seven rounds of voting.

The 68-year-old prime minister was showered with rose petals by thousands of supporters as he arrived at the BJP headquarters. "This election was fought not by politicians but the people of this country - but it's the people of this country who have emerged victorious," Modi told supporters in Delhi.
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