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Modi victory underlines need for real fightback

• The Militant

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and his party have scored a second general election victory. Given the tumultuous period of the last five years under Modi's governance it was expected that at these 2019 elections the BJP would find it difficult to sell its divisive 'saffron' agenda based on reactionary Hindutva ideology. Voters in fact boosted support for the BJP to 38%, resulting in 303 seats - compared with 31% of the popular vote in 2014 and 282 seats. Unprecedentedly, the BJP got more than half of the votes polled in at least 13 states. Narendra Modi is the first prime minister to return to power winning a bigger vote share for the party and enjoying a full single-party majority in the Lok Sabha parliament since Jawaharlal Nehru's victory in 1957!


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