The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his right hand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party President Amit Shah, scripted history on Thursday by winning a second term to come back to power.
The Bharatiya Janata Party won 303 seats, and it’s allies won 49 taking the total of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to 352 seats, while the principle oppositional Indian National Congress (INC) picked up 52 seats. The Indian National Congress led UPA coalition have secured 91 seats, while non-allied parties won 99 seats.
The Hindi Belt region the stronghold of the BJP successfully retained it numbers and apart from this the BJP also made inroads into West Bengal, Odisha and North East India.
The elections saw the rise of the regional parties such as the YSR Congress Party YSRCP) and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), but also saw a steep fall of Telugu Desam Party (TDP), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Trinamool Congress (TMC).
In one of India’s largest states Uttar Pradesh that has over 80 parliamentary seats witnessed a disaster for Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) who fought the elections in a pre-poll alliance. Together the duo picked up 15 seats, compared to the BJP who won 62.
Rahul Gandhi led Congress Party put up a stronger fight this time but were unable to make any meaningful gains apart from southern India and and the state of Punjab.
Out of 900 million registered voters only 67.11 % made it to the polling stations to cast their votes. Nearly half of the voters registered were women.