General Election 2019: Narendra Modi leads BJP, NDA to landslide victory

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Jubilant BJP workers greet party president amit Shah at party headquarters

Resounding 2019 Mandate

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led the Bharatiya Janata Party and the NDA to a landslide victory in the general election to the Lok Sabha with the Bharatiya Janata Party winning 158 seats and leading in another 145 taking BJP’s total to 303 out of 542 seats as per the status declared by the Election Commission till 10.05 pm

NDA is headed to win 351 seats and UPA only 95.

Congress party candidates have been declared elected in 31 constituencies. Congress was leading in 21 and if they are able maintain their lead till the end of counting, their seat tally would go up to 52.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has been defeated on his home turf – Amethi – by Union Minister and firebrand BJP leader Smriti Irani.

When it was clear this afternoon that the BJP-led NDA has emerged victorious, Modi tweeted:

“Together we grow.

Together we prosper.

Together we will build a strong and inclusive India.

India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat”

Modi further said “The faith placed in our alliance is humbling and gives us strength to work even harder to fulfill people’s aspirations. I salute every BJP Karyakarta for their determination, perseverance & hardwork. They went home to home, elaborating on our development agenda.

Now, the time has come to take the Chowkidar Spirit to the next level.

Keep this spirit alive at every moment and continue working for India’s progress.

The word ‘Chowkidar’ goes from my Twitter name but it remains an integral part of me. Urging you all to do the same too!

The people of India became Chowkidars and rendered great service to the nation. Chowkidar has become a powerful symbol to safeguard India from the evils of casteism, communalism, corruption and cronyism.”

Congratulatory messages are pouring in from world leaders

My friend @narendramodi warm greetings on your impressive election victory! These electoral results again prove your leadership in the world’s largest democracy. Together we will continue to strengthen the close friendship between India and Israel. Excellent, my friend – Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel.

Congratulations to @narendramodi for winning the legislative elections in #India. The traditional vitality and dynamism of Indian democracy is confirmed. Wishing to the Leader and friend success in his endeavors – Giuseppe Conte, Prime Minister of Italy

Congratulations to @narendramodi on a magnificent victory! We look forward to working closely with you. – Ranil Wickemsinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Congratulations on your victory and the peoples re-endorsement of your leadership.
Sri Lanka looks forward to continuing the warm and constructive relationship with India in the future. – Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka

My heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi for his great electoral victory. Together, we will make sure that relations between #Portugal and #India will rise to a new level of friendship and cooperation in the next years. – Antonio Costa, Prime Minister of Portugal

I, on behalf of the people of Bhutan, offer heartiest congratulations to Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi @PMOIndia and his team on the election victory. As we look forward to working closely in years to come, we pray India achieves greater success under your leadership. Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan

Congratulations to PM @narendramodi on his historic victory in the Indian general elections. It is a strong affirmation of the Indian people’s confidence in the BJP/led government. I look forward to closer and enhanced ties of Maldives-India cooperation. – Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives

Congratulations @narendramodi on your historic re-election as Prime Minister of India. Australia and India enjoy a strong, vibrant and strategic partnership, and our India Economic Strategy will take our ties to a new level. I look forward to meeting again soon. – Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia

On his victory from Kashi (Varanasi), the Prime Minister’s first reaction was expressed through a tweet. He said: The People of Kashi are remarkable! When I had gone to Kashi to file my nomination papers, they confidently said that they would manage the entire campaign without me having to come back even once…and manage they did! I bow to the citizens of Kashi. Looking forward to serving them.

On May 21, when Modi met the NDA leasders, he said: “Our alliance represents India’s diversity and our agenda is India’s progress. We are best suited to address regional aspirations and enhance national progress.

Accepting the verdict of the people of India, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Congratulated the winners, Mr Modi & the NDA. he also thanked the people of Wayanad for electing him as their MP. He also conceded defeat in Amethi at the hands of senior BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani and thanked the people of Amethi.

On May 19, obviously sensing defeat, Rahul Gandhi had cast aspersions on the working of the Election Commission and raised the bogey of electronic voting machines (EVMs) by stating: “From Electoral Bonds & EVMs to manipulating the election schedule, NaMo TV, “Modi’s Army” & now the drama in Kedarnath; the Election Commission’s capitulation before Mr Modi & his gang is obvious to all Indians. The EC used to be feared & respected. Not anymore.”

Rahul was also his sarcastic and caustic best on May 17. When PM Modi sat with party president Amit Shah as he addressed the media at the party headquarters in Delhi, Rahul tweeted: Congratulations Modi Ji. Excellent Press Conference! Showing up is half the battle. Next time Mr Shah may even allow you to answer a couple of questions. Well done!


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Constituencywise-All Candidates
Constituencywise Trends


Status Known For 542 out of 542 Constituencies
Party Won Leading Total
Aam Aadmi Party 0 1 1
AJSU Party 1 0 1
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 0 1 1
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen 1 1 2
All India Trinamool Congress 10 12 22
All India United Democratic Front 0 1 1
Bahujan Samaj Party 5 5 10
Bharatiya Janata Party 182 121 303
Biju Janata Dal 0 12 12
Communist Party of India 1 1 2
Communist Party of India (Marxist) 0 3 3
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam 9 14 23
Indian National Congress 31 21 52
Indian Union Muslim League 2 1 3
Jammu & Kashmir National Conference 2 1 3
Janata Dal (Secular) 1 0 1
Janata Dal (United) 9 7 16
Jharkhand Mukti Morcha 1 0 1
Kerala Congress (M) 1 0 1
Lok Jan Shakti Party 6 0 6
Mizo National Front 1 0 1
Naga Peoples Front 0 1 1
National People’s Party 1 0 1
Nationalist Congress Party 4 1 5
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party 0 1 1
Revolutionary Socialist Party 0 1 1
Samajwadi Party 2 3 5
Shiromani Akali Dal 2 0 2
Shivsena 9 9 18
Sikkim Krantikari Morcha 0 1 1
Telangana Rashtra Samithi 7 2 9
Telugu Desam 0 3 3
Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party 0 22 22
Other 6 2 8
Total 294 248 542
All Party

Women Hockey: India beat Korea 2-1 for the second straight win

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: India survived some anxious moments before putting it across host Korea 2-1 to record their second straight win in the three -match Women Hockey series in Jincheon (Korea) on Wednesday.

The Visitors overcame a 0-1 deficit through goals by Rani Rampal and Navneet Kaur in the second half.

India had won the first match by the same margin.

In the first quarter, both teams traded penalty corners but could not beat the respective goal keepers. In the second quarter, the hosts took the lead in the 19th minute through Lee Seungju (1-0)..

It took Indians 18 minutes to equalize through Rani who scored a superb goal . Navjot Kaur scored the second goal in the 50th minute to take the team’s score to 2-1.

Speaking after the match , Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne said, “Our performance was much better than the first match. Our skill control in today’s game was much better and the quality was good and consistent. I believe we could have scored more goals but the intensity and effort was good from the team.”

He further added that good results from here would boost their confidence for the important FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019. “I am happy with the adjustments the team made. We played our first match just 24 hours after we arrived in Jincheon.

” It is nice we have won two matches in this three-match series. This will surely boost the team’s spirit ahead of the FIH Women’s Series Finals Hiroshima 2019.” Marijne said.

Boxing: Amit Panghal, Shiva Thapa enter semis  at 2nd India Open

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Amit Panchal pounds his opponent

Guwahati: Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) and Asian Championships bronze medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg) led 12 Indian pugilists into the semi-finals to confirm medals on the third day of the ongoing second edition of the India Open International Boxing Tournament at the Bordoloi AC Indoor Stadium here on Wednesday.

Former world youth champion Sachin Siwach’s dazzling performance was the highlight of the day as he knocked out the 2018 Asian Games silver medallist Rogen Siaga Ladon of Philippines 4-1 to make the last-four stage of 52kg.

Fresh from his Asian Championships gold medal, Amit Panghal faced some early resistance from Thailand’s veteran Chakapong Chanpirom whom he was meeting for the very first time in his career. But the 23-year-old soon proved his mettle to earn a 5-0 win and march his way into the semi-finals.

“It was a tight bout. A lot of boxers have changed category from 49kg to 52kg like me. So it’s important to study each one carefully and chalk out separate strategies for each,” commented the victorious Amit after having changed his weight category from 49kg to 52kg with an eye on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Amid deafening roars of support, local boy Shiva Thapa soared to a 5-0 win over Hellene Damien of Mauritius. Thapa, who became the first Indian to win medals from four consecutive Asian Championships just last month, started with a defensive attitude until he freed up from the second round to deliver the blows.

“Never have I contested such a tall boxer before. So my strategy was to attack from inside and I am glad I could execute with perfection,” said Thapa after the win.

Kavinder Bisht (56kg) continued his fine form after winning a gold at the GeeBee Boxing tournament and a silver at the Asian Championships this year. He held his nerves to stave off some stiff resistance from Mario Fernandez of Philippines and register a 3-2 win in a split decision. Mohammed Hussamuddin was not so lucky in the same category as he fell to a 2-3 defeat to Thailand’s former Asian champion Chatchai Decha Butdee in a hard-fought bout.

In 49kg, Asian Championships silver medallist Deepak outclassed Thailand’s Samak Saehan 4-1 to advance to the semi-finals.

Former World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri also progressed into the last-four stage of 56kg by dint of a commanding 5-0 win over Turkmenistan’s Bayramhan Permanov. In 52kg, Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki did not waste any time to assert his supremacy over Mauritius’s Louis Fleurot en route to a 5-0 win.

Last year’s India Open 60kg champion Manish Kaushik began the successful defence of his title with a 5-0 win over Thiwa Janthacumpa of Thailand. 2018 World Youth bronze medallist Ankit showed his maturity in his 5-0 demolition of Nepal’s Prakash Limbu Ijam.


Football: Sethu FC  overpower Manipur Police to win Hero Indian Women’s league

Harpal Singh Bedi

New Delhi: Riding on Sabitra Bhandar’s brace Sethu FC (Madurai) overcame Manipur Police SC 3-1 to win the Hero Indian Women’s Football League trophy In Ludhiana (Punjab) on Wednesday

Manipur Police led 1-0 at half time, but Sethu staged a come back in the second session poumping three goals to win their first title.

Radharani Devi had put Manipur Police in the lead towards the end of the first half, but an own goal by Umapati Devi put Sethu back in the game, before Nepal international Sabitra Bhandari turned up the heat to score two goals and win it for the Madurai-based side.

Sethu got off with the more chances in the first half, as they kept the Manipur attackers in check and built on their swift counter-attacks to move the ball up the pitch quickly.

Their left winger Sandhiya had the first clear chance a little after 10 minutes, when she received the ball just inside the box but she muffed it as she scuffed her instep shot .

The winger had another good chance when she received the ball from a melee inside the Manipur box, but her shot rolled inches wide of the post.

Manipur’s prolific goal scorer Bala Devi was tightly marked, and she often had to drop to the midfield or to the right wing, in order to make some space for herself.

Manipur’s goal came with a little over a minute of regulation time left for the first half, as Radharani leaped above the rest to nod in a corner from the left.

In the second session Sethu started on a attacking note and got the equalizer when Dangmei Grace cut through the right flank and sent in a low cross to captain Indumathi Kathiresan whose powerful drive was deflected by Manipur Police defender Umapati Devi, into her own goal (1-1)

Five minutes later the Madurai side took the lead as their mercurial striker Sabitra Bhandari was set through on goal.She rounded off the keeper, before slotting it into the net from an angle.

Sabitra scored her second goal when Sandhiya broke swiftly down the left and played her in through the channel between the left back and the left centre-back. The Nepal international opened up her right foot and slotted it into the bottom corner to make it 3-1

From then on, it was a matter of seeing out the Manipur attacks and, Sethu defenders Ashalata Devi and Sweety Devi, and midfielders Sumithra, Ratanbala and Indumathi foiled all the attempts.