Modi eyes 'India's century' after landslide victory

Published: May 16, 2014
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In this photograph taken on December 24, 2013, Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi arrives for the BJP's Chief Ministers' conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

In this photograph taken on December 24, 2013, Chief Minister of the western Indian state of Gujarat and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi arrives for the BJP's Chief Ministers' conference at the party headquarters in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: Triumphant Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi pledged to make it “India’s century” as he propelled his party to a stunning electoral triumph Friday with the biggest winning margin for 30 years.

Preliminary results at the end of the marathon six-week election showed his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) almost certain to secure the first parliamentary majority by a single party since 1984.

“I want to make the 21st century India’s century. It will take 10 years, not very long,” said the four-term chief minister of western Gujarat who is expected to be sworn in as prime minister next week.

The results exceeded all forecasts. Petals were showered outside BJP offices around the country, sweets were handed out to celebrate and painted elephants paraded in front of party headquarters in New Delhi.

Partial figures from the Election Commission showed the BJP winning more than the 272 seats required for a majority on its own in the 543-seat parliament, with victories by its allies taking it easily in excess of 330.

The Congress party, the national secular force that has run India for all but 13 years since independence, was set to crash to its worst ever result with fewer than 50 seats, less than a quarter of its tally in 2009.

Pakistan congratulates Modi

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif hailed an “impressive victory”.

Modi welcom in US

US Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted to say that he looked forward to working with Modi.

The United States swiftly courted India’s future Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, saying the victorious Hindu nationalist would be welcome to visit despite a previous visa ban.

White House spokesperson Jay Carney also said President Barack Obama hoped to speak to Modi by telephone soon, following the BJP landslide election victory.

 

British Prime Minister David Cameron also immediately invited him to London.

10:15pm

The BJP has bagged 266 Lok Sabha seats and has a lead in 16 more. According to the Election Commission of India, the BJP has secured 31.2% of the votes across the country.

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9:55pm

The BJP has secured 259 seats in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India, and has a lead in 24 constituencies. Votes from 446 of the 543 constituencies have been counted so far.

A Reuters analysis of Modi’s sweeping election victory shows that many of India’s Muslim voters appear to have put aside their fears and backed the BJP. Read the rest of the story here.

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9:00pm

Congress manages two-third majority in Arunachal Pradesh Assembly election by winning 40 out of 60 seats, while Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) secures two thirds majority securing 22 of the 32 seats in the Himalayan state.

BJP has now secured 243 seats with an expected total of 282, while Congress sits at 37 Lok Sabha seats.

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8:43pm

BJP supporters celebrate the party’s landmark victory which has secured 234 seats so far and is leading in 48.

BJP supporters set off firecrackers at Dashasamedh Ghat during the nightly Ganga Arti puja ceremony to celebrate the BJP’s election results in Varanasi. PHOTO: AFP

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7:57pm

BJP have secured 211 seats out of 327 that have been accounted for. Meanwhile Congress wins 32 seats and AAP wins 4.

Press Trust of India reports that Congress Working Committee will meet on May 19 following their worst ever electoral performance.

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7:27pm

BJP secures three seats in Jammu and Kashmir.

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7:21pm

“The heat of the election is over and the people have given their verdict which says that we need to take India forward to fulfil the dreams of India’s 1.2 billion people,” Modi said, according to AFP.

Modi added that “there are no enemies in democracy, there is only opposition. I will take your love and convert it into progress before I return.”

The crowds of thousands festooned in BJP’s saffron colour erupted in cheers amid screams of “Modi! Modi!” as he took to the stage, flashing a victory sign and smiling broadly.

“I want to take all of you with me to take this country forward… it is my responsibility to take all of you with me to run this country,” he added.

“Everyone’s support and everyone’s development is our mantra, and these are not hollow words, this is our spirit. That is why the people have given us a clear majority.”

BJP now stands at 188 seats while Congress has won 30.

BJP’s Narendra Modi (3rd R) greets well-wishers at Shri Kamalam, the BJP Gujarat’s new headquarters in Gandhinagar. PHOTO: AFP

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6:45pm

BJP wins 164 seats and is leading in 119, while Congress wins 28 and is leading in 17.

According to The Hindu, AAP finishes as runner-up in all seven constituencies in Delhi as BJP wins seven out of seven.

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6:28pm

I will be bound by the constitution and will take every segment with me, says Modi according to the Indian Express.

Results are in for 247 seats, out of which BJP has won 154 seats and Congress has won 27.

In celebration of his victory, Modi chants national song of India “Vande Mataram,” and the crowd chants with him, reports The Hindu.

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6:00pm

Modi tells cheering crowd in Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat that “good times are coming”, AFP reports.

According to the Times of India, Modi says he has “always wanted to address the nation from Vadodara.”

“Gujarat has created history by giving all the 26 seats to BJP,” Modi adds.

With 135 seats, the BJP secures nearly a quarter of Lok Sabha seats. It is also leading in an additional 148 seats.

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5:40pm

Lalu Prasad Yadav, chief of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) refuses to congratulate Modi on his win.

Yadav’s wife Rabri Devi, former chief minister of Bihar, and his daughter Misa Bharti failed to win from Saran and Patliputra constituencies, reports NDTV.

BJP has now secured 121 seats, and Congress stands at 18.

Furthermore, Sushma Swaraj of the BJP wins from Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh beating Lakshman Singh of the Congress

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5:33pm

Sonia Gandhi wins the seat in Rae Bareli defeating BJP’s Ajay Agarwal, while her son Rahul Gandhi defeats Smriti Irani and Kumar Vishwas thereby retaining his seat in Amethi. This brings Congress’s total seats to 18.

Meanwhile, BJP has now secured 117 seats.

Fellow Congress leader Tharoor, whose victory was announced earlier today tweets:

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5:18pm

BJP wins 108 seats, while Congress wins 15.

Meanwhile, Meenakashi Lekhi of BJP wins from New Delhi, defeating Ashish Khetan of AAP by 16,2708 votes and Ajay Makan of Congress loses.

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5:12pm

BJP wins 105 seats and is leading in 175. Meanwhile, Congress wins 14 seats and is leading in 33 others.

BJP wins 16 seats and leads in 55 in Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile in Arunachal Pradesh, Congress has taken the lead securing 31 assembly seats while BJP wins only 3.

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4:50pm

“I would like to start by congratulating the new government. They have been given a mandate by the people of this country. We have done pretty badly. As vice-president of the party I hold myself responsible,” Rahul said to AFP.

As the scion of India’s most famous dynasty, Rahul Gandhi was meant to work some much-needed family magic over the ruling Congress party.

But after a lacklustre election campaign during which he struggled to connect with voters and was outshone by his sister, he came under more fire this week for going missing at a crucial time.

India Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi (L) and Vice President Rahul Gandhi arrive to address a press conference at Congress headquarters in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

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4:40pm

C Gopalakrishnan of the AIADMK wins Nilgiris seat in Tamil Nadu, beating A Raja of the DMK by 104,940 votes.

Maheish Girri of the BJP wins the East Delhi seat, beating Aam Aadmi Party rival Rajmohan Gandhi by 190,463 votes.

BJP wins 78 seats and is leading in 201 others.  While Congress wins 8 seats and leads in 39.

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4:34pm

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4:28pm

AFP quoted BJP President Rajnath Singh, referring to the flower symbol of his party, “It is dawn of a new era. The lotus has bloomed all over India now.”

“I appeal to my workers that even in this historic victory they maintain discipline and calm, against any section or people,” he added, hinting at the fears of religious tensions.

Sonia Gandhi also congratulates Modi. India’s Gandhis say they take responsibility for Congress defeat.

“We understand that victory and loss is part of democracy,” Sonia told reporters in New Delhi.

“We respect this decision. I take responsibility for this defeat,” she added, in remarks echoed by her 43-year-old son, who led national campaigning for the first time.

Indian members of a band dance as they play in front of the headquarters office of the BJP in New Delhi. PHOTO: AFP

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4:16pm

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday afternoon called BJP’s Narendra Modi to congratulate him.

He invited Modi to visit Pakistan.

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4:10pm

Official Results:

Kirron Kher of the BJP wins from Chandigarh, beating Pawan Kumar Bansal of the Congress party by 69,642 votes.

K Chandrasekhar Rao of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi wins the Medak seat in Andhra Pradesh, beating his Congress party rival by 397,029 votes.

Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP wins the South Delhi seat, beating his Aam Aadmi Party rival by 107,000 votes.

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3:58pm

Famous Bollywood celebrities weigh in on BJP’s victory:

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3:48pm

BJP has now won 47 seats. Congress has only managed to secure 5 till now and concedes defeat.

Congress, who have been criticised for a lack of control over corruption and inflation, is looking at its worst-ever election result. This defeat would leave the party — the only national secular force that has ruled India for all but 13 years of its history — in tatters and raise doubts about whether the Gandhi dynasty can provide the country a fourth prime minister.

The scale of the BJP’s victory is the biggest in India since 1984.

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3:35pm

Former Pakistan Ambassador Sherry Rehman notes BJP’s victory and hopes for better Indo-Pak relations.

Earlier in March, two of Modi’s aides had said India would get tougher on territorial disputes with China and in its old rivalry with Pakistan if he becomes prime minister. On the campaign trail, Modi had warned Beijing to shed its “mindset of expansionism” and in the past he has also railed against Pakistan for attacks by Muslim militants in India.

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3:25pm

Update from Shashi Tharoor after defeating Rajagopal.

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3:22pm

BJP has now won 26 seats.

#CongratsNaMo is trending in India.

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3:15pm

UK Prime Minister David Cameron congratulates Modi on his victory.

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3:10pm

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor wins from Thiruvananthapuram, reported India Today.

Famous Bollywood actor and wife of Anupam Kher, Kirron Kher of BJP leads Pawan Kumar Bansal of INC by 63388 votes, reported Press Information Bureau India.

Shabana Azmi congratulates Kher on her lead.

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2:54pm

BJP has won 20 seats so far while Congress has only won 3. Aam Aadmi Party has still not been able to secure a seat.

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2:44pm

BJP’s Narendra Modi wins from Vadodara, beating his Congress rival by 570,128 votes.

Modi’s promises to revive the flagging economy have won him corporate cheerleaders, while his rags-to-riches story and reputation as a clean and efficient administrator satisfy many Indians’ desire for strong leadership.

He was always assured the votes of his core Hindu nationalist supporters, but his election pitch has drawn the urban middle classes as well as the poor, whose loyalty has traditionally been to Congress and its welfare schemes.

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2:35pm

According to the Election Commission of India, BJP has won 13 seats and is leading in 265 others.

Congress has won 1 seat and is leading in 41 others.

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2:16pm

 The first win for the Congress is from Bihar’s Kishanganj seat. Mohammad Asrarul Haque beat his BJP rival Dilip Kumar Jaiswal by 194,612 votes.

P P Mohammed Faisal of the Nationalist Congress Party wins the Lakshadweep Lok Sabha seat beating sitting Congress MP Hamdullah Sayeed by a margin of 1,535 votes.

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2:10pm

Modi thanks his supporters for their good wishes and blessings.

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2:05pm

BJP supporters, happy with the election results so far, celebrate on the streets and social media.

Indian supporters of BJP celebrate outside a counting centre in Siliguri on May 16, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

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1:58pm

B Sreeramulu of the BJP wins the Bellary Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka beating N Y Hanumanthappa of the Congress by a margin of 85,144 votes.

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1:48pm

Anant Kumar Hedge of the BJP officially wins the Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka beating Prashant Deshpande of the Congress by a margin of 140,700 votes.

A BJP victory and a Modi premiership would usher in a new style of leadership by an abrasive Hindi-speaking nationalist drawn from outside the usual Delhi power circles.

Indian election officials carry sealed Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) at a counting centre in Hyderabad on May 16, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

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1:42pm

According to NDTV, Manmohan Singh will formally resign tomorrow. Sources say that he will also be addressing the nation after meeting the president.

Manmohan Singh is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India. He assumed office in 2004 and is the first Sikh to hold this position.

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1:34pm

Nalin Kumar Kateel of the BJP officially wins the Dakshina Kannada Lok Sabha seat in Karnataka beating Janardhana Poojary of the Congress by a margin of 143,709 votes.

BJP’s victory would leave Congress, the only national secular force that has ruled India for all but 13 years of its history, in tatters and raise doubts about whether the Gandhi dynasty can provide the country a fourth prime minister.

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1:28pm

BJP’s Arjun Lal Meena wins from Udaipur constituency in Rajasthan, defeating his Congress opponent by 236,762 votes, according to official results.

BJP candidate Lalubhai Babubhai Patel officially wins from Daman and Diu constituency and BJP’s Narendra Keshav Sawaikar wins South Goa by a margin of 32,330 votes.

The BJP’s previous best showing was in elections in 1998 and 1999 when it won 182 seats and ran the country until a shock defeat to Congress in 2004.

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1:18pm

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called Modi and congratulated him on his party’s victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

Modi has also sought blessings from his mother:

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1:05pm

In a Twitter message, BJP President Rajnath Singh said:

The alliance led by the BJP and possibly the party alone, was headed for a majority in parliament, giving Modi the most decisive mandate for any leader since the 1984 assassination of prime minister Indira Gandhi propelled her son to office.

Unlike his predecessors, Modi will not have to deal with unruly coalition partners as he implements reform. That could usher in profound economic changes, and he will try to replicate his success in attracting investment and building infrastructure in Gujarat, the state he has governed for 12 years.

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12:55pm

Early election results are showing that the alliance led by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is winning the vote count in 332 parliamentary seats, far more than the majority of 272 required to rule.

Even on its own, the BJP is ahead in 278 seats.

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12:40pm

Indian leader Narendra Modi promised “good days are coming” on Friday in his first reaction to a historic victory by his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in national elections.

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 10:28am

“It seems very bleak at the moment,” Congress spokesman Abhishek Manu Singhvi admitted early in the day, with preliminary figures showing the BJP leading in 231 out of 460 constituencies where counting had begun.

Congress led in just 48.

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“I will accept victory on behalf of the BJP,” party spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi told NDTV news channel.

Tonnes of sweets and fireworks have been delivered to BJP headquarters in New Delhi in anticipation of a landslide, while party workers beat drums and waved flags in Gujarat on Friday.

Stock markets, which have risen 5.0 percent in the past week, surged again. The benchmark index known as the Sensex jumped more than four percent on Friday morning to a record high.

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Reader Comments (101)

  • San
    May 16, 2014 - 10:34AM

    Sensex goes high…Rupee become stronger than dollar…modi is our next pm

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  • uzair
    May 16, 2014 - 10:36AM

    before everyone starts of saying how this modi will be terrible for muslims…. Remember Nawaz’s promise of bullet train? Lowered taxes? Anti corruption? These are all plain and simple, for elections. I see Pakistan and India propsering under Modi. We may even have Pakistan players play in IPL next year…. However, there are people out there who wouldn’t want us to become better friends and something harsh like Mumbai might happen. India AND Pakistan has to mature and move forward, with no pre conditions. ET pls publish.

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  • pk
    May 16, 2014 - 10:52AM

    “Chaiwala” Prime Minister !!
    Salute to Indian democracy.
    Sensex crossed 25,000, BSE crossed 7500 mark, rupee appreciated at it’s 10 month high, that says it all.
    Now back to the business of 10% annual GDP growth.
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  • Raj - USA
    May 16, 2014 - 10:53AM

    Vote counting underway and according to latest trends Modi’s BJP on its own is expected to win 275+ seats and with allies expected to win 320+ seats. As only 272 seats are required to form a majority government BJP has made it on its own. After a long time, India will be seeing a stable government, a government that need not depend on its allies. However, Modi will take along others and I think India will have uniform civil code and Article 370 pertaining to Kashmir will be repelled.

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  • Raj - USA
    May 16, 2014 - 10:58AM

    China and USA competing to become the first country to congratulate Modi on his tremendous victory. India is forming a single party majority government after a long time of coalition governments.

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  • Raj - USA
    May 16, 2014 - 11:07AM

    Looks like Modi’s BJP has bagged substantial muslim votes. Congress+ forecast just to win 75 seats whereas BJP+ expected to win 325 seats.

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  • Broken-Heart
    May 16, 2014 - 11:07AM

    Narendra bhai,
    we all have huge expectations from you not only on development but also on the ground that minorities in india will be protected and their religion will grow..now by god’s grace you have got the post of PM of our country.. Work for our country and show the world that you are not communal and under BJP regime not only majority but minorities will also be give equal chance… It a great chance for you to show your commitment towards this great nation which has made you PM…
    Cheers to you and all BJP workers…
    Jai Hind…!

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  • logic
    May 16, 2014 - 11:11AM

    Good news for Pakistan as right wing parties are/will be in power in both countries. Time to move ahead on road to peace…

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  • Tyron Lanister
    May 16, 2014 - 11:27AM

    A Tea seller beats oxford educated Incumbent prime minster. Only in India could this happen. Another triumph of our democratic system. That if you win the confidence of masses, you can reach mountains.What makes me happy, that we will have stable government for another 5 year and I hope that it will propel the market and provide better governance to people without any coalition dharma

    Hopefully the new PM fulfill the aspiration of billion people.

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  • g indian
    May 16, 2014 - 11:28AM

    India Pakistan realtion was better during previous BJP rule. Let there be more trade and economic initiatives between two countries. Look for win win situation and hope for the best.

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  • BCCI
    May 16, 2014 - 11:37AM

    @uzair:
    I salute your optimism buddy. But the fact is, Modi has much more to do in terms of economy and clean-up of corruption in our institutions before looking at improving Indo-Pak ties. While it is important but certainly not priority.

    Cheers & Peace!!

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  • Simple
    May 16, 2014 - 11:42AM

    Mr.Modi has to build economy and country . If he won’t , we will show him the door as we did in case of Congress .

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  • rohit950723
    May 16, 2014 - 11:49AM

    Modi is secular person. The issue is that nearly 50% of Indian muslims are not secular so their communalism is under the threat. He is known for development of all the communities.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    May 16, 2014 - 11:54AM

    Happy Independence Day to all.

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  • vasan
    May 16, 2014 - 12:04PM

    I hope Rahul gandhi, Sonia gandhi and their congress clan lose even deposit. I also hope Congress does not become the opposition party. They dont deserve anything to do with India’s governance. Unless congress throws out the Gandhi family out of party, they dont deserve to win even one vote.

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  • Sheheryar
    May 16, 2014 - 12:05PM

    seems like a good news. but in my perspective modi is not mature enough to run a big country like this. he has crook mentality not good to run country affairs. manmohan singh deserves better farewell than given to him. sad to see this with him. good luck.

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  • The Economist
    May 16, 2014 - 12:07PM

    Hats off
    This is just purely one man show

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  • Irfan
    May 16, 2014 - 12:10PM

    Congratulation to Mr.Modi may he work for the betterment of his people especially the poor ,he should also assist Pakistan in the fight against extremism.Recommend

  • Last Word
    May 16, 2014 - 12:14PM

    ‘Good days are coming’ tweeted Modi today. Hope he achieves this dream for the 125 crores people of India who has voted his party to power. This is a also good opportunity for Pakistan to improve its relations with India by following a positive policy with its neighbour which will surely be reciprocated by the new govt in New Delhi. A lot will now depend on the Pak PM to follow a independent foreign policy taking its military into confidence which would be beneficial for both countries.

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  • May 16, 2014 - 12:15PM

    @Raj – USA:

    I don’t believe that article 370 will be deleted by Modi sarkar. Modi received the people’s verdict on the promises of development of the economy which requires foreign investment and technology. any attempt to abolish article will send wrong signals to overseas investors and the status quo will be maintained. Religion was not an issue at all in modi’s campaign though cross border terrorism was a concern.
    We common men wish and the Modi sarkar would like to ensure that the benefits of economic development reaches to the lowest strata irrespective of religion, caste and creed. But naturally the educated ( i mean those who have acquired/ develop skill) will be first to be benefited. Muslims particularly those who are educationally ( comparatively) backward from others will be quite back in the queue to taste the fruits of development. However the persons engaged in the business be it trade and or manufacturing / serving will definitely feel the difference have the opportunity to prosper.

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  • Pakistani Munna
    May 16, 2014 - 12:19PM

    This Hindu Extremist Snake Modi has won election like Adolf Hilter won election in Nazi Germany by promising prosperity for Majority while eliminating minorities.

    Congress are Hindu extremists in the closet, while BJP are Hindu extremists in the open. There will be no impact on Pakistan.

    I hope the Idiots in GEO TV will stop airing their “aman ki asha” garbage.

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  • Pity
    May 16, 2014 - 12:27PM

    The butcher of Gujarat on the way to become the next PM. Pity.

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  • Tani
    May 16, 2014 - 12:35PM

    Finally the monopoly of congress has ended. Indeed an independence day. Shows the mindset of indians are maturing while choosing national party for stable govt. the Muslim constituency, backward castes, others, traditional strongholds of congress and communist are all broken and swept away from bjp who voted for development not religious,caste ground. Remarkable achievement single largest party since 94, no dependence on allies and toleration of coalition dharma needed. He will be able to frame and head strong policies of development and national policies on his own. Big challenge ahead he has raised the hope and ambition of indians. Hopefully he will transfer the economical development magic of Gujarat to pan india level. Control all mischievous people who might create problems including secular parties who won’t be able to digest this defeat and try create religious tension. If he fails to do so indians will show him the door too like man mohan, don’t underestimate the power of common man!
    Best of luck modi.

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  • priyanka
    May 16, 2014 - 12:41PM

    democracy wins as people transfer one power to other………

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  • Indian
    May 16, 2014 - 12:41PM

    @ RAJ-US
    Uniform civil code is stupidity for diverse country like India with diverse culture customs and religions. Last time our neighbor Pakistan tried to do that by creating a single unit which was seen as attack on bengali culture and resulted in breaking of country. Its impossible for country like India to do that

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  • @simple
    May 16, 2014 - 12:46PM

    u will show him the door after 5 yrs….

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  • Pakistani
    May 16, 2014 - 12:48PM

    hopefully modi will promote business with the neighboring countries…after all he is gujarati

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  • AJ
    May 16, 2014 - 12:53PM

    Proud Moment for Every Indian
    power of democracy
    A boy who sold tea at railway stations is the 14th Prime
    Minister of India, the worlds largest democracy.
    …….Congrats Mr Narendra Modi. …..

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  • Arijit Sharma
    May 16, 2014 - 12:56PM

    @vasan: ” I hope Rahul gandhi, Sonia gandhi and their congress clan lose even deposit.

    They will very soon meet the same fate as Bahadur Shah Zafar. Their wealth, power and prestige will all be taken away.

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  • Ali
    May 16, 2014 - 1:14PM

    Why are Indians passing messages to their newly elected PM on a Pakistani News website? May be, Modi should look at creating a version of ET for India. Pun Intended.

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  • Kamran
    May 16, 2014 - 1:16PM

    Pakistan has sent its army to curb the extremist but Indian People have elected a pro-extremist and pro-communal as prime minister. what a shame in the name of Might is Right DemocracyRecommend

  • anand singh
    May 16, 2014 - 1:33PM

    Dear Mr Modi

    In your haste to replicate the Gujarat model across the country, please dont make India a dry country !

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  • sharabi
    May 16, 2014 - 1:41PM

    @Sheheryar
    Just after juma salat I have seen many young people were really happy for Modi. How do you know that he got a crook Mentality?
    He has proved himself in Gujarat, You just need to visit Gujarat once and surely you will know the real meaning of Development and Industrialization.
    Praying from Allah (SWT) for such chief minister to my state as well.

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  • May 16, 2014 - 1:43PM

    Mian Nawaz Sharif of India is winning – Congrats Lions of Pakistan and India ;-)

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  • Gp65
    May 16, 2014 - 1:44PM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    Aapko bhi mubarak. 55 seats are needed for a party (not a coaliation) to have officially designated Leader of Opposition. Since Rahul was very ambivalent about leading, it looks like the country will not put him in the dilemma of having to be LOp.

    @uzair:
    Agree with your sentiment. The last prime minister from BJP had also extended a hand of friendship to Nawaz Sharif and even gone to Meenar-e-Pakistan but got stabbed in the back with Kargill. At the height of back channel talks in 2007″-2008, Mumbai happened and based on testimony of Daood Gilani aka David Headley it is clear that the non-state-actors had state backing without which they would have been non-actors.

    I hope Pakistan army learns its lesson from Kargill and does not try more advenures. If it reins in its non-state-actors, Pakistan-India relations will flourish ( I hope that happens). But if they try stunt then Modi will not act like Mr. Singh when India was attacked. Just as there was a disproportionate response in case of Kargill, (as described by many of your politicians and media), so also would be the case under Mr. Modi. The idea that Pakistan army should be allowed to create mischief without any consequences does not find any resonance among ordinary Indians.

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  • Gurion
    May 16, 2014 - 1:47PM

    India veered towards the right decision.

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  • Vakil
    May 16, 2014 - 2:41PM

    Trolls of BOTH countries (esp Pakistan) are gonna have a field-day (in fact “field-1800+days” i.e. 5 years!) … fantastic times for various publications/media-houses to make excellent “Advert revenues” ..:-) Make hay while the sun shines (Pakistan for sure needs to more than India) …!!

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  • lol
    May 16, 2014 - 2:50PM

    RIP congress…. for at least 5 years……………….

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  • vasan
    May 16, 2014 - 2:57PM

    Pakistani munna : Pl take some antacid tablets. Come out of your delusion and chill. Your current mental state is not good for your health

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  • Gp65
    May 16, 2014 - 3:05PM

    @Pakistani Munna:
    Eliminating minorities? Gujarat was riot free for last 12 years. Not only riot free but it has ot even seen a sinle day of curfew. 2002? Culprits of both communities responsible for a riot in which 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus were killed are in prison. Now compare that to Karachi law and order situation where twice as many Muslims were killed in target killing in 2013, 2012, 2011 and on and on.

    The percentage of Muslims in Gujarat between census 2001 and census 2011 has not changed much. Had Muslims been so fearful, they would have migrated oyt of Gujarat- did not happen.

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  • Afaq
    May 16, 2014 - 3:07PM

    Modi will define Two nation theory to new generation.

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  • sharabi
    May 16, 2014 - 3:16PM

    @Kamran
    “Sharma to khud ko magar ati nhi”,
    Google GDP of His state Gujarat and then compare with whole of your country. People like you the real reason of what Pakistan is today.
    You think that you are right and 1.27 Billion in India are fool? Don`t try to lecture other country you should try to develop your country by starting Polio Vaccination and yes stop begging from USA. (Your country have a good potential but sadly with people like you)

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  • observer
    May 16, 2014 - 3:28PM

    congratulation to people of India for rejecting dynasty family and giving mandate to a commoner…

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  • Qamber
    May 16, 2014 - 3:35PM

    Pakistan Should be ready to face more challenges…

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  • Lalit
    May 16, 2014 - 3:39PM

    Congratulations to all Indians who have voted for a decisive and a mature leadership…a landslide victory for BJP+ is only the beginning of an arduous journey.on a separate note exit and opinion polls have been proved wrong once again,but this time for the detriment of Congress.best of luck to Mr Modi for a successful future…..

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  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    May 16, 2014 - 3:42PM

    Muslims of India…start packing. Look for other greener pastures. Pakistan is pretty barren.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqi
    May 16, 2014 - 3:42PM

    @Kamran:

    For real though bro, your argument is so shallow! What the Indians do and who they elect is none of your concern. We as Pakistani have tons to learn from the democratic ethos and the benchmarks of public representation in India. My sincere felicitation to our fellow Indian posters for yet another successful parliamentary election and a smooth transfer of power to Modi and hope that Indo-Pak relations ushers into a new era. History has recorded that the most tangible diplomatic breakthroughs between India and Pakistan have taken place whenever BJP has been in power.

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  • Azmat Khan
    May 16, 2014 - 4:34PM

    Heart felt congratulations to Mr.Modi. We want good relations with India

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  • Hozur
    May 16, 2014 - 4:45PM

    This talk that Muslim vote is important proves that once Hindu vote consolidation takes place there is no stopping. This is what has happened now, that muslim vote does not matter.

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  • Rudra
    May 16, 2014 - 5:10PM

    Remarkable achievement what’s more astonishing 136 Muslim constituency voted for bjp and won. Even more astonishing is all minority constituency in Gujarat voted for modi bjp Muslim candidates and won. All secular parties and others lost
    . Bjp 26 ,cong-0, aap-0, others-0 -Gujarat. Shows his development work has even touched minority. They don’t want to loose momentum and vote for congress or others.
    People this time didn’t fall for religious polarisation and hate campaign by others and voted for development and economy.
    Indians are becoming smart politicos while choosing their leaders. Hope he fulfils the aspirations of the people.

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  • G. Din
    May 16, 2014 - 5:13PM

    “Jai Ho!”
    Happy days are here again!

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  • FactCheck
    May 16, 2014 - 5:21PM

    @Raj – USA:

    Both of which are going to make India better. One country and one law for all. It is time sweep away divisive laws and policies forever.

    Get rid of antiquated British era laws still on the books and reform civil service.

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  • FactCheck
    May 16, 2014 - 5:30PM

    @Pakistani Munna:

    and you cannot do a damn thing about it, can you?

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  • Ali
    May 16, 2014 - 5:33PM

    Now India will become the next Switzerland…Lol…dream on..

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  • FactCheck
    May 16, 2014 - 5:33PM

    @Indian:

    Name a developed democracy that does not have Uniform Civil Code? You are not an Indian so stop masquerading as such.

    One nation one law. No more mistreatment of muslim women. By the way more muslims women are getting educated and they are not going to take your crap from you any more.

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  • Jay
    May 16, 2014 - 5:54PM

    After Vajpayee it is again a good time for the people of India and Pakistan. RSS and BJP both feel that people of pakistan and India belong to have same origin and same culture. RSS gives importance and feel proud of the cultural heritage of our two nations. RSS and BJP are against the forces who are disintegrating the common chord of our two nations. As much pak based cultural organisation fights against the home bred terrorism, RSS and BJP fight in India the forces of destabilisation. USA and China use our two countries for their market economy, therefore, they make us to fight ourselves within and against each other through their proteges in our both countries. They are the two enemies of our countries who are responsible for our poor economy growth. Modi, with background of his fighting the evil forces of destabilisation, is very clear in mind. He is going to fight the forces head on against the forces destabilising the growth potential of our two countries by making it free from self styled religious divisive forces who build their political empire and religious hegemony by dividing the people of two great religion of our two countries. Good days are coming to the people of our two countries that would work for removing poverty from our two nations.

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  • lol
    May 16, 2014 - 5:56PM

    @Afaq: hoping the same from the across the border

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  • kulwant singh
    May 16, 2014 - 5:56PM

    @Afaq: My dear Asfaq, the two Nation theory has already been defined in 1947 and no further definition required. India and Pakistan are two Nations we must dump the ast and start afresh and the theory live and let live must be carried forward. If we help each other we can do miracles and I hope this to be happen in the near future.

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  • Jay
    May 16, 2014 - 5:57PM

    After Vajpayee it is again a good time for the people of India and Pakistan. RSS and BJP both feel that people of pakistan and India belong to have same origin and same culture. RSS gives importance and feel proud of the cultural heritage of our two nations. RSS and BJP are against the forces who are disintegrating the common chord of our two nations. As much pak based cultural organisation fights against the home bred terrorism, RSS and BJP fight in India the forces of destabilisation. USA and China use our two countries for their market economy, therefore, they make us to fight ourselves within and against each other through their proteges in our both countries. They are the two enemies of our countries who are responsible for our poor economy growth. Modi, with background of his fighting the evil forces of destabilisation, is very clear in mind. He is going to fight the forces head on against the forces destabilising the growth potential of our two countries by making it free from self styled religious divisive forces who build their political empire and religious hegemony by dividing the people of two great religion of our two countries. Good days are coming to the people of our two countries that would work for removing poverty from our two nations.

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  • csmann
    May 16, 2014 - 6:06PM

    Wonder what will US do as far visa to Mr. Modi .He has been consistently denied one over the years because of his role in Gujrat anti-Muslim riots.

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  • kulwant singh
    May 16, 2014 - 6:07PM

    @Sheheryar:
    Dear Bother I could not understand you logic, he is leading a state for the last twelve years very successfully and I hope that he will be able to deliver.

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  • hehe
    May 16, 2014 - 6:26PM

    No mention or update on AAP? My dear neighbor India, what’s happening?

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  • Baloch
    May 16, 2014 - 6:27PM

    Congrats to Mr. Modi & India for an Historic Election, with historic Voters turnout & an historic no. of seats won…
    Well I believe it will better for India regardless of Mr. Modi’s alleged involvement in Gujrat riots..
    If Mr. Abdullah Abdullah wins in Afghanistan, it will be tough job for Mr. Nawaz Sharif in Office which is in all kinds of pressure from M.Establishment & Imran Khan.
    Pakistan already has jeoperdized its relations with I.R Iran due to allgedly Saudi Arabian dictation. Abdullah Abdullah wount trust Pakistan due to past sour experiances on Pakistani envolment in Afghanistan. & Modi will never trade politics with Pakistani Softly & wont compromise an inch on back foot.
    keeping in view above points Nawaz Sharif has to Apply himself according to situation. he has to complete his tanure at all costs. Coz he is currently the Man for Pakistan, although he hasnt done any thing about thousands of missing persons specially Balochs and also security issues. but performing really well in Economy & Energy Sector.

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  • Naresh
    May 16, 2014 - 6:34PM

    BJP CROSSES 272 AND ACHIEVES MAJORITY!
    .
    Cheers

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  • roma
    May 16, 2014 - 6:40PM

    It may interest reader to know that a Pakistani newspaper namely IHT game me the best review of the indian election ! Being partly indian myself i believe NaMo will concentrate on economic issues and pursue peace with important neighbour Pakistan . I hope Pakistan PM Mr Shariff will vial the opportunities and reciprocate peacefully too .Jai Hind – Pakistan Zindabad

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  • Rao
    May 16, 2014 - 6:52PM

    Now the election rhetoric and election is over the hard part starts for Modi and his party.
    More jobs, rule of law, less corruption in all walks of life, low price rise and inflation, less tolerance among people of different faiths and ethnicities…………..”. Etc. etc.

    Will BJP will meet expectation of the voters? Let us see what happens in the next five years!

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  • Ali Tanoli
    May 16, 2014 - 6:55PM

    Hopefully BJP not gonna repeat its past mistakes.

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  • Rudra
    May 16, 2014 - 7:05PM

    ET why was my comment censured about my country?
    Remarkable achievement what’s more astonishing 136 Muslim constituency voted for bjp and won. Even more astonishing is all minority constituency in Gujarat voted for modi bjp Muslim candidates and won. All secular parties and others lost
    . Bjp 26 ,cong-0, aap-0, others-0 -Gujarat. Shows his development work has even touched minority. They don’t want to loose momentum and vote for congress or others.
    People this time didn’t fall for religious polarisation and hate campaign by others and voted for development and economy.
    Indians are becoming smart politicos while choosing their leaders. Hope he fulfils the aspirations of the people.

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  • Baset
    May 16, 2014 - 7:27PM

    Pakistan learn. Give new leadership a chance. Somehow we can’t get over Bhuttos/Sharifs !!

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  • Humza
    May 16, 2014 - 7:27PM

    @uzair: Pakistan has been improving under Nawaz Sharif with a better economy; Hopefully India will also improve under Modi and both countries can work for peace in the region.

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  • Zen
    May 16, 2014 - 7:54PM

    Indian news are reporting that Pakistan PM NS has called and congratulated NaMo.

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  • Bilal
    May 16, 2014 - 8:00PM

    @Afaq:
    Keep reminiscing about the now-irrelevant 2-nation theory. Pak was created based on that, but running the country is a different story. The theory won’t help you to make Pak prosper. BTW, are you ready to embrace 20 million muslims from India?

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  • ModiFied
    May 16, 2014 - 8:28PM

    Muslims of India will benefit the most under Modi rule. Most Indian Muslims are involved in some or the other vocation like weaving, construction industry etc. Modi will come out with special policies directed towards various vocations. Just watch out how the lives of Banaras weavers will be changed during next few years. It will be the Muslims who will vote for Modi in large numbers next time.

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  • May 16, 2014 - 9:15PM

    Where is Ms Seema Mustafa, yaad keejiye madam. My comment from 12th of April 2014:
    Dear Ms Mustafa
    Our family is an ardent supporter of congress. My uncle went to prison during independence and later he worked for congress. Now we shall wait for the results of the Delhi elections. Then we shall know whether what you are saying holds water or not. You said that there is no BJP wave in Delhi. Remember these words!
    Please remember you are talking about India. Dont mess around with our feelings.

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  • crazy
    May 16, 2014 - 9:17PM

    Mark my words modi will work as a catalyst to dismembrane India.

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  • Weirdity
    May 16, 2014 - 9:22PM

    If Modi term is successful , then there is a lesson for Pakistan in this election. Throughout Pakistan’s history, its leaders have come from feudal backgrounds. Maybe a chaiwalla person from a more humble background like Modi is the change which Pakistan needs.

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  • Zain
    May 16, 2014 - 9:50PM

    Congratulation to all Indians for selecting the Right Candidate Mr. Modi. Hopefully this victory of BJP will start a new Era for India and whole region’s prosperity. We Pakistanis had our chance in electing a Non-Family, Non Dynasty rule in last year’s election by choosing Imran Khan, but too bad, most Pakistanis are not at that stage of democratic maturity yet. They still want to be ruled for the same man (PML-N), same family (PPP) over and over again, even after being disappointed so many times by both these parties performance. Hopefully they use their minds instead of their hearts next time and choose a new candidate next time. Z

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  • Timorlane
    May 16, 2014 - 10:32PM

    Yeah good times for murderers, criminals, fascist terrorists

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  • jeetu
    May 16, 2014 - 10:41PM

    Welcoming Mr.Modi on the prime chair of india. Now we shall see double digit development. Relations between India and Pakistan shall improve, as unlike congress, Bjp does not require to invoke religious sentiments for its own benefit. Kudos to all.Recommend

  • gp65
    May 16, 2014 - 11:07PM

    @Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany: “Muslims of India…start packing. Look for other greener pastures. Pakistan is pretty barren.”

    When Muslims of Gujarat never left Gujarat to go to another state during his 12 years rule, why should other Indian Muslims do so? Anyway, he has received support from many Muslims and BJP has won seats where between 33% to 50% of electorate is Muslim. That is a big deal in a first past the goal post multiparty system

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  • gp65
    May 16, 2014 - 11:12PM

    “Wonder what will US do as far visa to Mr. Modi .He has been consistently denied one over the years because of his role in Gujrat anti-Muslim riots.”

    Wrong. HE was denied visa once in 2005. After that he NEVER aplied. sO the question of consistently denying does not arise. In any case they have already signalled that as India’s PM, Modi would not need a visa to visit USA. The more important point is that Modi has not indicated any desire after 2005 to visit USA so the question is hypothetical. I doubt he will go to US for things such as attending a UN session. My guess is that he would only go if White House extends an invitation.Recommend

  • gp65
    May 16, 2014 - 11:14PM

    @hehe: “No mention or update on AAP? My dear neighbor India, what’s happening?”

    AAP lost on all 7 parliamentary seats in Delhi (where they had earlier been elected to power). They did however manage to corner 4 out of 11 seats in Punjab

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  • ajeet singh
    May 17, 2014 - 12:29AM

    Wish You all the Best.

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  • Indian Catholic
    May 17, 2014 - 1:51AM

    As an Indian Catholic, I am impressed by the margin by which the BJP has won. I have always believed that we Indians will vote for anyone who can deliver on development and this result is no surprise to me.

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  • Hozur
    May 17, 2014 - 2:01AM

    @Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany:
    Where are these greener pastures.Would love to know if only you can indicate. Most countries do not like the green passport.

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  • Rex Minor
    May 17, 2014 - 2:30AM

    @Raj – USA:

    They all want to meet the chai wala, who in his campaigns has promised more tiolets for the people and not more temples:

    Rex Minor

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  • madhu
    May 17, 2014 - 2:52AM

    dear mr. editor- this victory will be positive for pak-india relations. Remember- vajpayee saheb of the bjp visited pakistan. Now Nawaz Saheb and Modi will try their best to boost pak-india ties… so let us hope indo-pak trade levels will zoom beyond 20 billion dollars within the next 5 years….somewhat like china and taiwan trade ties have gone beyond 150 billion dollars per year. Think positive , and everything will work out fine.

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  • IndianDude
    May 17, 2014 - 5:58AM

    The worst day of their lives for the following indians:

    Jawed Naqvi
    Seema Mustafa
    Aijaz Zaka Syed
    Aakar patel
    Something..Vij..and other countless CONgressi.

    I have always said india will be Modified this century. With a clean majority for BJP, Modi sarkar will bring up living standards for ALL the indians, regardless of class or religions. However, for some of the our indian muslim brothers, who like their pakistanis counterparts, still believing in the culture of desert and that the camel is the fastest vehicle, you won’t improve your lot. No matter where you live in the entire universe.

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  • Mirza Umar Baig
    May 17, 2014 - 7:05AM

    If Indians can elect a man like Modi.Why can’t we elect an extremist here?? I’m just wondering.

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  • viajy
    May 17, 2014 - 8:35AM

    @crazy:
    You worry about your land of pure.

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  • Lalit
    May 17, 2014 - 9:04AM

    the best thing according to me which comes out of this election is that the bastions of caste,region and religion have been breached comprehensively.BSP scoring a big zero,SP -05,JD(U)-02 ,RJD-04 and similar carnage for caste based parties all over. dividing forces have been sent packing.a paradigm shift for the Indian polity for sure.first election fought purely on the issue of development.BJP scoring 73 out of 80 in UP is unprecedented..similarly BJP overshadowing Congress in Assam is historical,Bihar’s intentions were clear although.a decisive leader with ample majority is godsend gift for India..Buddha has smiled once again.

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  • Rajesh
    May 17, 2014 - 10:50AM

    @Mirza Umar Baig – “If Indians can elect a man like Modi.Why can’t we elect an extremist here?? I’m just wondering.” – Recall Direct Action Day (aka Direct violence day) in 1946 and the slaughtering of 5000 Hindus in Kolkata. Who was that hero that you guys worship? ET – Please publish.

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  • Lal
    May 17, 2014 - 12:14PM

    Hindus and Muslims voted modi to come power.Great modi

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  • Sane Liesbuster
    May 17, 2014 - 6:17PM

    @Mirza Umar Baig:
    How do you know that he’s an extremist?

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  • Sane Liesbuster
    May 17, 2014 - 6:19PM

    @Simple:

    Yes ! that’s how a democracy works.

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  • Sane Liesbuster
    May 17, 2014 - 6:29PM

    @Pity:

    Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgment wage war against your passion and your appetite.
    Would that I could be the peacemaker in your soul, that I might turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
    But how shall I, unless you yourselves be also the peacemakers, nay, the lovers of all your elements?

    **Kahlil Gibran** ---- On Reason and Passion
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  • Sane Liesbuster
    May 17, 2014 - 6:35PM

    @Hozur:

    Everyone’s vote matters.

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  • Lunacyassailam
    May 17, 2014 - 9:14PM

    @Indian: Its impossible for country like India to do that

    Well, we are still 80% plus Hindus.Yeh, its majoritarianism.Not Ashamed about it.We will have the Muslims follow our laws, since this is not Saudi Arabia,its Bharata’s India-still.Perhaps, many people dont notice, then, this election should make the Arabs remember where there are and on whose land and boundaries they have populated.We know others follow our law.If you dint notice, the Indian Union is an Empire proper, something that will grow soo ruthless the Abrahamic world will shake and poo.Everyone knows that its all ideology, nothing spiritual.Maybe , deep down, inside the minds, there is a clash.And we have been Indians for thousands of ages, seen many like the Arabs come and Go.So, prepare for change and a uniform civil code.Not only will no special status be not given to JK, the rest of Kashmir will be taken from Pakistan.Ask why?Just to set an example to the Islamic world.We know , once we set an example of Kaffirs mauling non Kaffirs, the rest will fall like a deck of cards.We are Indians first.So,dont forget the code.Recommend

  • Weirdity
    May 18, 2014 - 6:39AM

    I am afraid Pakistan is going to miss Manmohan Singh. Modi is the opposite of Manmohan. Tough times ahead for Pakistan. I believe Modi would make life difficult for Pakistan in international forums. After 2014, US may not have much use for Pakistan so it might be amiable to use its influence for triggering international sanctions against Pakistan just like it did before 9/11. At that time, the sanctions were done to please india but now they have their own reason for sanctions as payback for Pakistan not helping them solve the Taliban problem in Afghanistan.

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  • VK
    May 18, 2014 - 8:03AM

    Let’s see which lasts longer, Modi’s Indian Century or Hitler’s thousand year Reich!.

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  • Gurion
    May 19, 2014 - 7:13PM

    @Indian:

    Uniform civil code is stupidity for
    diverse country like India with
    diverse culture customs and religions.

    How come anybody with fever takes paracetamol and anti-biotics then? Law is the same.
    Beliefs can be diverse. If somebody wants to believe that sky is the tent and mountains are the pegs, by all means they can.

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