India's Modi dedicates win to the people

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Published on May 23, 2019 - Duration: 01:20s

India's Modi dedicates win to the people

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

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India's Modi dedicates win to the people

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

His re-election reinforces a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United States to Brazil and Italy, often after adopting harsh positions on protectionism, immigration and defense.

Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party ahead in 302 of the 542 seats up for grabs, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament.

That would give his party the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984.

Votes will be fully counted by Friday morning.

Modi was showered with rose petals by some of the thousands of cheering supporters who waited for hours in a thunderstorm for his arrival at party headquarters on Thursday evening.

"Whatever happened in these elections is in the past, we have to look ahead.

We have to take everyone forward, including our staunchest opponents," he said in a televised address.

He was critical of the many people that doubted the BJP could increase its majority.

"The political pundits of India have to leave behind their ideas of the past," he added.

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