Saturday, 17 May 2014

Indian election: Narendra Modi in Delhi victory parade

Narendra Modi was given a rapturous reception at the BJP's headquarters.
India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has received a hero's welcome at his BJP party's headquarters in Delhi after securing the most decisive election victory in three decades.

He was cheered by supporters after a victory parade from the airport.

Manmohan Singh, whose Congress party was crushed in the poll, has tendered his resignation as prime minister.

Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist and chief minister of Gujarat, campaigned on promises to revive the economy.

Results show the BJP gained a majority in parliament and will be able to govern without coalition partners.

However, many Indians still have profound concerns over Mr Modi because of claims he did little to stop communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 in which at least 1,000 people died, most of them Muslims.

Mr Modi has always denied the allegations and was never charged.
'India has won'

After arriving in Delhi from his home state of Gujarat, Mr Modi was greeted by flag-waving supporters. He stepped out of his car, flashing a victory sign.

A brass band, drummers and bagpipers met him at the BJP headquarters, while bunting and balloons decorated the street.

Noticeably tight security is in place, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Delhi reports.

Mr Modi will go to Varanasi for a ceremony by the river Ganges later on Saturday.

With votes still being counted, the BJP has won more than the 272 seats needed for a parliamentary majority.

With its allies, the party could get more than 330 seats out of 543.

Speaking at the BJP headquarters, Mr Modi said: "I want to bow, I want to give my thanks... to the people of India."

He said Indian media had created "consciousness among voters" and a "great festival of Indian democracy".





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