As I've been mentioning for a while now, the election takes weeks, but results are released today. Narendra Modi has been elected as India's next Prime Minister.
The right-wing BJP has won the election, knocking the left-leaning INC (Congress) from government.
The BJP itself has 31.8% of the vote and 283 of the 543 seats, winning a majority. Along with Allies, the BJP has 339 seats.
The INC has 19.8% of the vote and 45 seats; for a total of 58 seats with allies.
Trailing the INC is the AITC with 37 seats; this party was once affiliated with the BJP lead alliance. The 4th largest AIADMK party, once an INC affiliate in West Bengal, sits on 34 seats.
This is, by far, the worst result ever for the Congress. Their previous lows, 114 seats and 26.7%, have been bested... or worsted?
The BJP meanwhile has had their best election by far, beating their previous best results of 182 seats and 25.6% of the vote.
This success is thanks, in part, to Modi who seems like a traditional right-wing politician. To quote Wikipedia at this time.
Modi is a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and is described as a Hindu nationalist by media, scholars and himself. He is a controversial figure both within India and internationally as his administration has been criticised for the incidents surrounding the 2002 Gujarat riots. He has been praised for his economic policies, which are credited with creating an environment for a high rate of economic growth in Gujarat.However, his administration has also been criticised for failing to make a significant positive impact upon the human development of the state.
To me this is very stereotypical and chiche of right-wing politicians the world over. True or not, it does indicate a possible new rightward direction for India.