Pro-business Modi wins Indian election by landslide
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 01:31
May 16 - Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata party win India's election decisively and is set to lead the world's largest democracy. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Celebrations in India after a landslide victory for Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi. The pro-business candidate delivered one of the biggest wins for his Bhartiya Janata party in 30 years.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER-ELECT, HINDU NATIONALIST BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY (BJP) LEADER, NARENDRA MODI, SAYING:
"The election fever is over now and the people of the country have given their verdict. And the verdict asks us to take India forward."
Modi, whose mother offered prayers for his victory, promised to create jobs. The message resonated with voters who he met with in record numbers, address 457 rallies over a nine month period --- maintaining a breakneck pace never before seen in Indian politics.
His message on Thursday was one of unity.
(SOUNDBITE) (HINDI) INDIA'S VICTORIOUS LEADER NARENDRA MODI OF THE HINDU NATIONALIST BHARATIYA JANATA PARTY, SAYING:
"To fulfill the responsibility that you have given me, I shall put every part of my being, every second of my time into the 1.25 billion people of this country."
His detractors, however, fear his Hindu nationalist views will alienate minorities, and some blame him for not doing more to prevent attacks on Muslims.
Despite this, Modi's decisive win marks the first time in thirty years that one party will rule the country. When he takes office, Narendra Modi will become the leader of the world's largest democracy.
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