India elections: Nation poised for critical watershed moment

Modi's likely win means it would be the second time in 25 years that Indians have voted for stability at national level

Indian kitemaker Jagmohan Kanojia in Amritsar yesterday, displaying a specially made kite with a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on it, to wish him good luck on today's parliamentary election results.
Indian kitemaker Jagmohan Kanojia in Amritsar yesterday, displaying a specially made kite with a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on it, to wish him good luck on today's parliamentary election results. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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In India's capital city, preparations are on for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second term in office.

Exit polls, which were allowed to be published only after the last vote in the nation's seven-phase elections had been cast on Sunday, have heralded a comfortable victory for Mr Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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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 India elections: Nation poised for critical watershed moment. Subscribe