Welcome to our live coverage of the 2024 Lok Sabha election! The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), under by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, won 240 seats on its own, falling short of the halfway point in the 543-member lower house. However, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP, won a convincing victory with 293 seats, above the required 272 to establish a government.

Modi’s Victory and the Challenge Ahead

Prime Minister Modi’s victory in Varanasi saw a significant fall in his winning margin from the previous election, raising worries about his popularity. With just over 150,000 votes this year, down from nearly 500,000 in 2019, Modi confronts the difficulty of retaining a stable administration while navigating evolving political coalitions with regional parties.

Strong Performance by the Opposition INDIA Bloc

On the opposition front, the INDIA alliance, led by the Congress party, outperformed expectations, winning 230 seats in total. Congress alone won 99 members, nearly doubling their total from the previous election. This victory is expected to boost Rahul Gandhi’s standing within his party and the larger opposition coalition.

Post-Election Strategy Meetings

As the country awaits the formation of a new administration, Prime Minister Modi is set to meet with his partners to deliberate about governance. Meanwhile, the INDIA bloc will meet in New Delhi to determine their next course of action.

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