India's Modi begins talks for new cabinet after big election win

Modi likely to be sworn-in on May 30

Saffron surge sweeps Northeast states as well

In a record victory, BJP alone won 302, higher than 282 seats won it had won in 2014. Gandhi remains popular within the party once led by his great-grandfather, India's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. People voted for 542 seats in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls, beginning April 11 and ending on May 19.

However, due to the complaint of booth capturing and violence by the Left Front and Congress to the Election Commission of India (ECI), re-polling was conducted in 168 booths in 26 assembly segments of the Tripura West constituency on May 12.

The BJP - a century-old ethno-nationalist movement - has emerged as India's paramount political force.

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In Karnataka, Congress heavyweights including Rizwan Arshad, Krishna Byregowda, BK Hariprasad, Mallikarjun Kharge and HD Devegowda lost from their respective constituencies against the BJP candidates. The Congress' lowest ever performance in the State was in 1996, when it bagged five seats.

Sitting BJP MLA from Nari Koyu constituency Kento Rina retained the seat by defeating his nearest rival Tojir Kadu of the Congress by a margin of 216 votes in a triangular contest. As the counting progressed by the day and after trends started pouring, it was a grand day for the Bharatiya Janata Party, as it aggressively progressed towards an unprecedented win not only in the whole country but in Chhattisgarh as well.

A host of ex-Congress leaders who jumped ships to the BJP to ensure their survival in Gulbarga politics- Baburao Chinchansur, Malakareddy, Malikayya Guttedar- snatched the victory away from Kharge as he took on Dr Jadhav.

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"People have voted for the work done by Modi government". While some surveys say that Congress might be able to win one seat out from under the BJP, others see a repeat of the Lok Sabha Election in 2014 with all the seats going to India's saffron party.

Jodhpur was one of the keenly watched Lok Sabha seats as Ashok Gehlot's son, Vaibhav Gehlot made his political debut.

In the rest of the states, the national party couldn't fight the elections together with its National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) partners. This shows that despite a shift in favour of BJP in the Lok Sabha in certain areas the popularity of Patnaik remains, more or less, intact in the state. A series of meetings were held through the day, separately and together, as they continued putting a courageous front, saying there was no threat to the government even if the BJP tried to win over their lawmakers. Narendra Modi was elected leader of the parliamentary party.

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