The India National Congress party and its allies appeared to take a commanding lead in the early vote count for India's national elections, raising the prospect that it would be able to form a stable coalition government.
The India National Congress party and its allies appeared to take a commanding lead in the vote count for India's national elections, raising the prospect that it would be able to form a stable coalition government.
India’s opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide Friday, preliminary results showed, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century.
The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party captured a commanding lead for at least 272 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties.
The biggest story in India these days continues to be the May 2014 elections and what they could mean for India's economy which is growing at its slowest pace in a decade. Naturally analysts have been weighing in on the elections.
"Why had support for the Congress declined? The survey found that the minorities, once a loyal bank, were disenchanted with the party, as were large sections of the young and the less educated." Circa 1967 Lok Sabha Election Results — India After Gandhi, Ramachandra Guha On May 28, 400-odd senior volunteers of the National Students Union of India (NSUI), an affiliate of the Congress, assembled in an air-conditioned hall in central Delhi. It was the second and concluding day of a national convention, an annual affair that had turned erratic in recent times.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Indian elections results due Friday provide a chance to repair relations with the U.S. that were strained by the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York in December. But there's a big catch: Washington's uneasy relationship with the man expected to become India's next prime minister.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's ruling Congress party, which surveys suggest will be ousted from power in elections due by May, called on Wednesday for opinion polls to be banned during the campaign after a TV news report alleged survey data was routinely manipulated.The News Express channel said a "sting operation" using hidden cameras had exposed malpractices by a clutch of polling agencies that included fudging numbers at the behest of political parties, sometimes for money.
Edinburgh (AFP) - Early figures on Friday indicated the turnout for Scotland's historic independence referendum could be the highest ever in the United Kingdom, for a vote that could break up the centuries-old union.
Sticking with quotes from the Guardian Live Election Blog, New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras "Will Honour Commitments to the EU".
Samaras summarised his speech in English:
His party would honour commitments to the EU.
It was a victory for all Europe.
A call for all political parties that share objectives to form government.
Sacrifices of Greek people will be reflected.
India's government said the economy will likely register its slowest annual growth in a decade and expand just 5.0 percent in the fiscal year ending in March, citing official estimates released Thursday.