South Asia

Modi’s alliance poised for landslide victory in India, exit polls indicate

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition is set to secure a commanding majority in India’s general election, according to exit polls released on Saturday. The projections suggest that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will surpass expectations and strengthen its grip on power.

The exit polls indicate that the NDA could win a two-thirds majority in the 543-member Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of parliament.

This level of control, equating to at least 362 seats, would empower the government to enact significant constitutional amendments. A simple majority requires 272 seats.

A compilation of six exit polls forecasts that the NDA will secure between 355 and 380 seats, a result likely to invigorate financial markets when they open on Monday. In the 2019 general election, the NDA captured 353 seats, with the BJP alone accounting for 303 of them.

Should these projections hold, Modi’s administration will be well-positioned to pursue its legislative agenda without substantial opposition, potentially reshaping the political landscape of the world’s largest democracy.