Selv før alle de 550 millioner stemmene er opptalt, innrømmer Kongresspartiet at det har tapt parlamentsvalget. Alliansen ledet Narendra Modi har vunnet.

The Indian National Congress, which has headed India’s government for nearly all the country’s post-Independence history, formally conceded defeat to the opposition leader Narendra Modi on Friday, as voters rendered a crushing verdict on their country’s flagging economic growth and a drumbeat of corruption scandals. Election officials had not yet finished counting the 550 million votes cast in the five-week general elections, but the contours of Congress’s defeat quickly became clear. Rahul Gandhi, the heir apparent to the political dynasty that forms Congress party’s backbone, appeared headed for a narrow victory in his own home constituency, a stronghold he won by more than 300,000 votes in 2009.