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Prime Minister Modi to respond to opposition in Indian Parliament

A day after opposition leader Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Modi in Parliament, Modi will formally respond in India's Lower House. Modi came back to power this month with a reduced mandate even as the opposition put up its best showing in a decade. A resurgent opposition has been targeting Modi's Hindu nationalist party for failing to address rising prices and an unemployment crisis, and also […]

todayJuly 2, 2024 7


India’s Modi thanks coalition MPs for ‘complete’ support

      Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked allied lawmakers Friday for unanimously agreeing to back his third term in office, after an unexpectedly close election forced his party to rely on coalition partners to keep him in power. Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled outright for the past decade, but failed to repeat its prior two landslide wins this time around, defying analyst expectations and exit polls. […]

todayJune 7, 2024 13


Modi makes history, BJP alliance scrapes past majority

Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party along with its allies have made history securing a slim majority in India's elections. The Hindu nationalist party lost its outright majority for the first time in a decade as voters defied predictions of another landslide. India's opposition alliance caused a major upset to the incumbent BJP especially in the party's crucial stronghold regions. Priyata Brajabasi has more.  

todayJune 5, 2024 17


Modi’s narrow win suggests Indian voters saw through religious rhetoric, opting instead to curtail his political power

Supporters of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party dance at a party office in Guwahati, India, during counting of India’s national election on June 4, 2024. AP Photo/Anupam Nath     By Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University     India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, had hoped for a landslide victory in the country’s six-week general election – the largest display of democracy, by far, in a year of voting around the […]

todayJune 5, 2024 12


Indian election: Narendra Modi hasn’t delivered the expected landslide – where the BJP may have gone wrong

        By Thankom Arun, University of Essex     Narendra Modi may have led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a historic third term, but the landslide victory that many had expected failed to materialise. With half of the 640 million votes counted, Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its political allies were on course to win 290 seats. It’s enough to form […]

todayJune 5, 2024 12


India’s opposition parties reject exit polls predicting a landslide Modi win

India's opposition parties are calling pollsters predicting a third Modi term biased. After voting ended on Saturday in India's general elections, a vast majority of exit polls are predicting a landslide victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But critics say Mr Modi and the pollsters are in for a surprise when the votes are counted on Tuesday. Ishan Garg tells us more from New Delhi.  

todayJune 3, 2024 13


India praises vote conduct with Modi tipped to win

        By Abhaya SRIVASTAVA India's election commission said Monday a staggering 642 million people voted in just-concluded six-week-long polls, a day ahead of the results which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is widely expected to win. Nearly all observers believe Modi's appeals to Hindu nationalist sentiment will give him a third term in power, a decade after he first took office. Exit polls show 73-year-old Modi is well […]

todayJune 3, 2024 5


‘We have thousands of Modis’: the secret behind the BJP’s enduring success in India

    By Sofia Ammassari, Griffith University   Since 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity has grown exponentially – and so has the formidable organisational machine of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). These two factors will be key to delivering the BJP a likely third consecutive victory in the Indian general election, starting today. While much ink has been spilled on Modi’s populist leadership and personality cult, the same […]

todayApril 22, 2024 13


India elections: ‘Our rule of law is under attack from our own government, but the world does not see this’

    By Sandhya Fuchs, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam   On a crisp winter morning in February 2023, I meet one of my South Delhi neighbours, a lawyer in India’s supreme court, in a local cafe. As an avid promoter of religious minority rights, known for his commitment to the principles of equality that were enshrined in the constitution after India gained independence in 1947, I am taken aback by the […]

todayApril 15, 2024 12