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24 May 2019 | 04:30 AM UTC

India: Ruling coalition overwhelming wins elections May 23 /update 2

India News Alert

Ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secures 351 out of 542 seats in Lok Sabha (lower house) elections on May 23; associated political events likely in coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/23/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India

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Event

The results of the recent Lok Sabha, lower house of parliament, elections were announced on Thursday, May 23, with the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) securing 351 seats out of 542. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 302 seats for the NDA, while the main opposition Congress party and its United Progressive Alliance (UPA) secured 86. The remaining 105 seats were won by parties not affiliated with the NDA or UPA. Modi is expected to remain as prime minister following the significant victory by his party. A new government is expected to be formed in the coming days and the Modi’s new cabinet may be sworn-in over the May 25-26 weekend.

Associated political rallies and event are possible in the coming days throughout the country. Clashes between rival political supporters or with security forces cannot be ruled out.

Context

India held general elections for the Lok Sabha from April 11 to May 19. An estimated 67 percent of the eligible 900 million voters participated in the election.

Advice

Individuals in India are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public gatherings as a precaution, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and refrain from discussing political topics in public or on social media.

 

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