When Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Elections 2019 the largest festival in democracy and asked people to participate in it, the Indian electorate responded by electing the ruling party back to power.
The Bharatiya Janta Party made history by returning to power the second time with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) winning 349 seats while the UPA managed to get 82 seats. The Congress, which won just 52 seats fell short of numbers to get Leader of the Opposition post in the Lok Sabha. The BJP not only retained its hold in the Hindu belt, but also made inroads in West Bengal, Telengana and Orissa.
Last night, Modi addressed hundreds of party workers and supporters at the BJP headquarters said, “We have to move ahead. We have to take everyone with us, even our opponents. We have to work for the benefit of the country,” he said. Modi urged everyone to forget the rancour of the bitter and often nasty campaign. “What’s past is past,” he said. The PM’s nearly 40-minute speech was a mix of him underlining his commitment to nationalism but also to the welfare of the poor.
Back to business today, Modi started talks on forming a new cabinet to tackle a stuttering economy and other challenges facing his second term after winning a big majority.