After seven weeks long and seven phases the India election which started on 11 April, has finally come to a close. Prime Minister Narendra Modi garnered a landslide victory securing he and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) another term – vote counting is on-going.
According to The guardian, the BJP amassed 290 seats. The BJP is expected to gain almost 300 seats out 542 in congress which is up from their previous result in 2014 of 282 seats.
A new five year term for Modi and an endorsement of his policies means that he has more breathing space and stronger mandate to enact policies unable in his previous term.
Modi also promised to unity India after elections, the second most populous country in the world is not without its divisions. In terms of foreign policy, Modi will now the tackle the tension with Pakistan and resolve its issues with the US over Iranian oil and Russia weapons purchases.
By Mokgethi Mtezuka