In India, a “partially humiliated” Narendra Modi prepares for a third term

“Narendra Modi is about to take over as head of government for the third time in a row, but he suffered a setback” because of “unexpected strength” opposition parties, analysis The Times of India the day after the announcement of the results of the Indian general elections. Although the Hindu nationalist prime minister described his victory as“historic feat in the history of India”, he “looks like it could be beaten” for the first time, estimated The Print.

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 240 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha. Well below the mark of 272 necessary to have a majority and govern without an alliance. A significant regression compared to the previous election in 2019, where the BJP obtained 352 deputies.

This loss of the majority “makes the BJP dependent on its allies”, remind him Times of India. It is therefore only thanks to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), a coalition of parties led by the BJP, which in total won 293 seats, that the Prime Minister can consider a third term.

Uncertain coalition

It’s time for “kingmakers”, analysis The Hindu, who adds that“with 28 seats between them, Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) hold the balance of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in their hands”. The only

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