General Election Results 2019 highlights: Registering a mandate bigger than the 2014 polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA returned to power for a second straight term. The BJP maintained its hold over its core vote base –the Hindi heartland, Gujarat and Maharashtra — and made inroads in Bengal and Odisha. With the landslide victory, Modi is the first non-Congress full majority Prime Minister to get re-elected with a stronger majority.
After the victory, PM Modi and party chief Amit Shah reached party headquarters in New Delhi to a rapturous welcome. In his speech, Modi promised that he will devote “every moment of my life and every fibre of my body” to the welfare of the nation. Modi also promised the bitterness exhibited during the campaign would be pushed behind.
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On the contrary, the Congress’ strategy to pose a formidable challenge to BJP has come as a cropper. It failed to carry forward the momentum gained during its recent victories in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh Assembly polls. The only silver lining in the bleak scenario for Congress is that it fared better in Punjab and Kerala. The results have raised questions on Congress’ leadership and the future of the grand old party.
The full results of the seven-phase elections are expected to be officially declared only late evening.