PM Modi’s Hindu nationalists set for a hat trick victory in national elections

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party will win a commanding majority in Indian elections this summer and form its third government in a row, according to the results of a new survey.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and allies would secure 335 seats and comfortably cross the tally of 272 needed in the 543-seat lower house to form government for five years, according to the “Mood of the Nation” survey published recently by the India Today media group.

The BJP and its allies won 351 constituencies in 2019 after returning to India’s political landscape with a roar winning 336 posts in 2014 - a far cry from the two forlorn seats it grabbed in 1984.

The survey , which was conducted in December and January, also forecast INDIA, a big tent alliance of opposition parties including the Congress, would bag 166 seats in the world’s biggest election involving 968 million voters next May.

Ballot gallop

The BJP predicts a big win of 400 seats, but that could remain just a wish, analysts say.

The Congress won 404 seats in the 1984 election held after its leader and prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. That enormous record remains unbroken.

The 1984 polls were the last in which a party single-handedly won a majority of seats until 2014 when Modi won.

The private survey gave a thumbs up to Modi’s campaign for spiritual renaissance, his muscular policies that saw India back Russia against Ukraine despite protests from the West.

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