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INDIA ELECTION 2019

India elections: Modi's 5M magic carries the day for BJP

They have a new word in India for the repeat landslide win pulled off by India's Hindu nationalist prime minister: tsunamo.

A US$1.4 trillion spending push in India tops agenda of Modi 2.0

NEW DELHI (BLOOMBERG) - India's economy is set for a major boost if Prime Minister Narendra Modi follows through with key campaign promises following his party's sweeping election victory.

India's Modi and Pakistan PM Khan highlight need for 'peace', after vote

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani rival Imran Khan sent messages highlighting the need for "peace" Thursday (May 23) after Modi's hawkish party won a new term in power.

India elections: PM Modi emerges victorious, Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat

“India wins yet again,” Mr Modi said in a tweet. “Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong India.”

Commentaries

Modi's campaign of fear and prejudice

The campaign for the votes of 900 million Indians in the continuing national elections - being conducted in seven phases from April 11 to May 23 - has taken a rancorous and religiously polarised tenor, which is unprecedented even for India.

The secret to Modi's success

On the face of things, Mr Narendra Modi has failed variously and spectacularly as India's prime minister. After pledging to create millions of jobs, he has, according to a leaked government report, presided over a dramatic rise in unemployment among young Indians.

India needs jobs, not basic income guarantees

During election season, everyone likes the idea of giving voters more money.

Speaking Of Asia: India - a gathering sense of deja vu

As with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004, could India be poised to deny the popular Narendra Modi a second term? The next few months will tell. 

Macron, Modi and the management of popular unrest

As Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares for pivotal national elections in May, international investors and economists are questioning the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) commitment to economic reform.

People

Modi pitches himself as 'watchman' to win votes

In the 2014 election campaign, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fired up voters by highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's humble origins as a tea seller.

Congress pins hopes of revival on Priyanka

The office of a political party is often considered a city's local landmark. But if you were to ask for directions to a Congress office in Gorakhpur, a key city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, locals would often give you puzzled looks.

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India's new home minister Amit Shah: Modi's enforcer emerges from behind throne

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Economy in focus as India PM Modi starts second term without key aide

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take his oath of office on Thursday (May 30) along with his ministers, though he suffered a setback at the start of his second term when key aide and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley opted out of the next government.

Indian PM Modi praises party workers for their courage amid election killings

VARANASI, India (AFP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised his nationalist party's courage on Monday (May 27) amid political clashes and killings after his latest landslide election triumph.

Aide to winning candidate of India's ruling BJP in Amethi constituency shot dead

MUMBAI (REUTERS) - An aide to an Indian ruling party candidate, who recently defeated Congress party chief Rahul Gandhi for a seat in parliament, was shot dead overnight, police said on Sunday (May 26).