August 23, 2019
Latest News

In victory speech, Modi dedicates landmark win to people of India

New Delhi, May 23 (efe-epa).- The Indian prime minister on Thursday dedicated his landmark electoral victory to the people of India whom he said had reposed their faith in the democratic traditions of the largest democracy in the world by electing him for a second term.

Narendra Modi, who won a landslide triumph to rule India for the next five years, said in his victory speech that voters had secured a win for themselves and their own aspirations for “a new and better India”.

“This is not Modi’s victory but it is the victory of the aspirations of an Indian who was craving for honesty, it is a victory of a self respecting woman who didn’t have access to toilet," Modi said, addressing hundreds of party activists in New Delhi.

"It is a victory of an ailing Indian who didn’t have access to medical care," he continued. "It is a victory of an Indian farmer who produces food not only for his family but for others in the country.”

As officials counted some 600 million votes cast in staggered elections, Modi’s right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party had won or was leading in over 300 of the 543 seats of the Lok Sabha, or the lower house of the Indian parliament.

The BJP-led grouping had even crossed 350, exceeding the halfway mark of 272 needed to command a majority to form a government.

The prime minister mocked secular parties and said they would “mislead the nation under the garb of secularism” but could no longer do that.

“It was a fake slogan. The parties stopped talking about secularism. Nobody dared to mislead the nation now,” he said.

He said the sentiments Indian voters have expressed through elections “guarantees a bright future for India”.

“It is not a victory of an any party or an individual candidate,” he said. “It were the Indian people who were fighting. And today, the people of India have proven me right. And today if anyone has won, it is India who has won. If anyone has won, it is democracy that has won.”

Modi recalled BJP’s journey from just two seats in the Lok Sabha to returning to power with a landslide mandate.

“The greatness of the BJP is that even if we are only two, we will never get digressed from our ideology. We have returned today, from two (lawmakers in the Lok Sabha) to returning to power and in this journey of ups and downs, we have never given up on our ideologies,” he said.

He said the people's verdict has added to the responsibilities of the government by reposing their faith in Indian democracy.

“The world will have to register this and recognize India’s democratic power,” Modi said.

ssk/sh

News history
Bangkok backpackers' mecca to be revamped by Thai authorities

By Gaspar Ruiz-Canela.

Myanmar's Rohingyas living in 'appalling conditions,' says HRW

Yangon, Myanmar, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- The Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is living in "appalling" conditions, while those responsible for the...

North Korea 'ready for dialog or standoff' with the US

Seoul, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- North Korea's foreign minister said Friday that his country is ready for both dialog or standoff with the United States, who he...

Tokyo asks Seoul to reconsider termination of military intel-sharing pact

Tokyo, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- Japan on Friday lamented the decision by South Korea to pull out of a bilateral military information-sharing agreement and asked...

US, Vietnam censure China for interfering in Hanoi’s territorial waters

Washington, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- The United States on Thursday accused China of interfering with Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea and...

Trump returns to G7 with Johnson as ally, Iran and China on agenda

Washington, USA, Aug 23 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States will arrive at his second G7 Summit this weekend in Biarritz, France, with the new...

International community calls for saving of the Amazon, engulfed in fire

Bogota, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- The fires raging in Brazil's Amazon rainforest have fueled global fears of environmental devastation, the climate crisis and the...

Google deactivates hundreds of YouTube channels linked to Hong Kong protests

San Francisco, USA, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Google reported Thursday that it had disabled 210 YouTube channels that were part of a coordinated attempt to post...

Brexit, US trade deal on Abe's agenda ahead of G7 summit

By Antonio Hermosín Gandul.

Mexican president: Legal sabotage being mounted against new airport

Mexico City, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday complained that the political opposition has been engaging in...

4 dead, 100-plus injured by lightning in Poland

Warsaw, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Four people, including two children, died on Thursday and more than 100 were injured by lightning strikes during a thunderstorm...

Brazil's president doubles down on criticism of NGOs operating in Amazon

Brasilia, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday that while he did not have evidence that non-governmental organizations were behind the...

Giraffes get protection on international trade for 1st time

Geneva, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Giraffes were added on Thursday for the first time to a protection mechanism that restricts their international trade in response...

Protect Paradise, the hope to end plastic pollution in Venezuelan beaches

By Héctor Pereira

Hong Kong gov't: protesters ad campaign gross exaggeration

Hong Kong, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- A campaign launched by Hong Kong activists to rally international support for anti-Beijing protests that have gripped the city...

Macron: Irish backstop indispensable

Paris, Aug 22 (efe-epa) .- UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Emmanuel Macron in France Thursday for Brexit talks during which the French President...

Italy's president gives parties more time to form gov't

Rome, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- President Sergio Mattarella said Thursday that he will give Italy's political parties until early next week to try to form a new...

Seoul believes US, North Korea talks will soon resume

Seoul, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Seoul on Thursday said negotiations between North Korea and the United States may resume soon, following a visit to South Korea by...

North Korea not interested in talks amid 'military threats'

Seoul, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- North Korea said Thursday that it was not interested in dialog while the United States and South Korea were engaged in "military...

Still unsafe for Rohingyas to return to Myanmar, Amnesty warns

Bangkok Desk, Aug 22 (efe-epa).- Human rights organization Amnesty International warned Thursday that it was still unsafe for members of the Rohingya ethnic...

Rohingyas refuse to return to Myanmar

Teknaf, Bangladesh, Aug 22 (EFE).- A second attempt to repatriate some 1,037 Rohingya refugee families who live in Bangladesh following a mass exodus from...

Police killings of civilians reaches new heights in Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Aug 21 (efe-epa).- Rio de Janeiro recorded a 49 percent increase in civilian deaths at the hands of police in July compared to the...

Nur-Sultan, Aug 21 (EFE).- The foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries met here Wednesday with US Under Secretary of State David Hale to...

Putin says Russia must respond to threat of new US missile

Helsinki, Aug 21 (efe-epa).- Russian President Vladimir Putin made an appeal here Wednesday to the United States to resume arms-control negotiations even as...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.