India elections: Compromise, coalition partners await if BJP loses majority

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah (third from left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (second from right) receiving a garland at a meeting in the BJP's New Delhi headquarters on Tuesday.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah (third from left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (second from right) receiving a garland at a meeting in the BJP's New Delhi headquarters on Tuesday.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared relaxed and in a celebratory mood as he received a massive garland of flowers at a meeting on Tuesday evening with three dozen of his coalition partners.

The Prime Minister, whose Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is predicted to come back to power, thanked his allies and even discussed plans for the next five years, including a key promise to double farmers' income by 2022 and increase economic growth.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 23, 2019, with the headline 'Compromise, coalition partners await if BJP loses majority'. Print Edition | Subscribe