Four new judges of the Supreme Court were on Friday administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. With the swearing in of four judges, the number of judges in the Supreme Court stands at 31, the full sanctioned strength of the top court.
The success of the anti-UPA and pro-Modi wave in 2014 was unprecedented. Everyone thought the party had reached saturation point and would lose seats this time.
Following massive gains by Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party, the next immediate steps are to swear-in the new government alongside which will start the speculations on ministry-making. Bringing in a second-term, PM Modi is set to be the 15th Prime Minister of India and only third to win an absolute majority for two consecutive terms.
The BJP won all the 26 Lok Sabha seats at stake in Gujarat as the people in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stood firmly behind him for the second time after 2014.
Narendra Modi now is the leader with the largest popular mandate in the world. In 2014, US President Obama, meeting Modi in Myanmar on the sidelines of the Asean summit, declared, “this man has the biggest electoral victory of all of us”. In 2019 that holds even more true
Asserting that great things are in store for US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm, US President Donald Trump hailed the BJP's spectacular win. Trump tweeted his congratulatory message.
BJP added 6.4% to its 2014 vote share, taking it to 37.4% — almost twice the Congress vote share of 19.5% which was 0.2% higher than 2014.
SDF’s loss also ends Chamling’s reign as the longest serving chief minister in India. The SDF president has, however, won from both Poklok Kamrang and Namchi Singithang constituencies in South Sikkim. He had won from Namchi Singithang for eight straight terms since 1985. Other heavyweights who won from the SDF are sitting minister NK Subba and DT Lepcha.
As the election results were announced, the war of words among politicians may have ended but the war of words among their supporters on social media continued. As soon as the exit poll results were out, several youngsters and people who had criticised the government decided to deactivate their social media accounts as they were aware that memes, trolls and abuses might be hurled at them.
Pointing fingers towards EVMs, the BSP supremo said, «Several shortcomings of conducting elections through EVMs have come to our notice and there is opposition to EVMs all over the country.» She added that after this results, whatever confidence people had in EVMs will disappear.
With the saffron juggernaut decimating the opposition and giving the BJP its highest ever tally in Lok Sabha, the party is likely to push its political agenda with a renewed vigour and will look to win over southern states after breaching opposition's citadels in east India in this election.
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and Union Minister Jitendra Singh were among the prominent faces to make it to the 17th Lok Sabha. The biggest electoral upset in the state was witnessed in Anantnag with National Conference candidate and former High Court judge Hasnain Masoodi defeating former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.