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Modi may be sworn in as new Indian PM on May 21

English.news.cn   2014-05-16 16:20:37

NEW DELHI, May 16 (Xinhua) -- India's hardline Hindu politician Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate of the country's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), may be sworn in as the next prime minister on May 21, sources said Friday.

"Modi will be formally elected as the BJP leader by the party Saturday. And the next BJP government is likely to take oath on May 21," said the sources, as the party sets to win 278 seats on its own, six more than the majority mark.

If the BJP crosses the majority mark on its own in the 543-seat Lower House of Parliament, then it can form the government on its own, without support from its allies of National Democratic Alliance.

After winning two parliamentary seats from where he contested the general elections, Modi went to seek his mother's blessings in his home state of Gujarat, and then tweeted: "India has won! This is India's victory. Good days will soon be here."

India's mammoth general elections, which began on April 7 and concluded on May 12, saw a record turnout of 66.38 percent, beating the previous record in 1984.

Exit polls have predicted a win for BJP and a defeat for the ruling Congress for its inability to check corruption and inflation.

Editor: Xiang Bo
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