Free Press Journal

Narendra Modi meets LK Advani


New Delhi: BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) prime minister designate Narendra Modi met BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani at his home on Sunday. Modi is also expected to meet former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and BJP president Rajnath Singh.

In his meeting with Rajnath, Modi is likely to decide on the names for cabinet posts. The BJP-led NDA secured an absolute majority in elections for the 16th Lok Sabha by claiming 337 seats. Of these, the BJP won in 283 seats. Among the other 15 parties in the coalition, only the Shiv Sena (19 seats) and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) (16) managed to achieve double digit figures.

In contrast, the ruling UPA could manage to win only 58 seats in total. Of these, the Congress won 43, its worst electoral performance since 1977. The remaining nine members of the ruling coalition could manage only single digit results, with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) coming second with five seats, and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) with four.

Friday’s result was the largest anti-incumbency vote in India’s history. It was driven by a desire for change and anger against corruption and the sluggish economy fanned directly or indirectly by the Congress-led UPA regime, which was in power for a decade.