Indian General Election

The year 2014 marked the general elections of India. The 2014 elections was held to constitute the 16th Lok Sabha, electing members of parliament for all 543 parliamentary constituencies of India. A stunning number of 814.5 million Indian people were eligible to vote in the last election. The Election Commission of India also added that an increase of more than 100 million in voters was experienced since the 2009 General Elections. A turnout of almost seventy percent, particularly sixty six percent was reported by the Commission.

On May 16, the results of the elections were declared. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), won a landslide victory. They took 336 seats. The NDA is dominated by Bharatiya Janata (BJP), a long standing political party in India.

Out of the 336 seats taken by NDA, 282 were actually from BJP alone. It is almost 52% of the seats alone. It was reported that BJP’s victory, where a party has won enough seats to govern without the support of other parties is the first since the 1984 General Elections.

THE BJP

THE BJP

As mentioned, previous to the 2014 elections was the 2009 Indian General Election. The constitution of India states that elections must be held at an interval of five years, meaning that those who won in 2009 expected their term to end by May of 2014.

The 2014 Indian General Election was monitored, organized, and conducted by the Election Commission of India. Foreign media described the election as successful.

Narendra Modi was announced as the victor, becoming the new leader of India by a landslide victory. He got 51.9% of the votes while his closest opponent, Rahul Gandhi only got 8.1%. Narendra Modi himself comes from the Bharatiya Janata Party, making him the ultimate success of the party. Narendra Modi became the 15th Prime Minister of India, after just being a star campaigner in the 2009 elections.

PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi

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