International desk – Bharatiya Janata Party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been projected to win in 300 out of 543 parliamentary seats in Indian national election as election results were still being out.
Partial and declared results show Modi’s BJP-led alliance may secure nearly 350 seats of the Lok Shabha.
The main opposition Congress party is expected to win fewer than 60, according to the election result which started coming out since Thursday.
A party or coalition needs at least 272 seats to secure a majority in the 543-member lower house of parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the people of India for giving him a “historic mandate” of five more years in office, after a landslide victory in the general election.
“We all want a new India. I want to bow down my head and say thank you,” he said in a victory address to supporters of his BJP.
The main opposition alliance, which is headed by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party, has conceded defeat.
The general election was widely viewed as a referendum on the prime minister’s Hindu nationalist politics, and the victory was won despite growing unemployment, fears of a recession and a slump in industrial production, according to BBC.
In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats – the biggest victory by any party in 30 years – and with its allies it secured 336 seats in that parliament.
The Congress, which won just 44, suffered its worst defeat in 2014 and with its allies took up just 60 seats in the lower house.
More than 600 million people voted in a marathon six-week process, which involved seven rounds of voting.
The 68-year-old prime minister was showered with rose petals by thousands of supporters as he arrived at the BJP headquarters on Thursday evening.
“This election was fought not by politicians but the people of this country – but it’s the people of this country who have emerged victorious,” Modi told supporters in Delhi.
“We will never give up our ideals, our humility and our culture,” he added.
Indian broadcaster NDTV reported that the BJP is to emerge as the single largest party.
The party has kept its core states – the Hindi heartland, Gujarat and Maharashtra – while posting fresh victories in West Bengal, Odisha and the northeast.
It has also scored a huge win in Karnataka – a state the Congress rules jointly with HD Kumaraswamy.
“Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat,” Modi tweeted on Thursday.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi congratulated the Prime Minister and said “The people have decided”. Elections were held on 542 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats.