4 Jun 2024

India Election: Modi wins but BJP shocked by loss of majority

This year’s election in India has been described as the biggest anywhere in history, and if early polling was to be believed, the result was a foregone conclusion – Prime Minister Narendra Modi would easily win a third term.

Around a 10th of the world’s population – nearly a billion people – were eligible to vote when the polls first opened back in April.

Voting has taken six weeks and as the results finally started to come in today, there was a surprise.

So far, Mr Modi’s party the BJP and its allies are not on course for the predicted landslide.