India’s Modi wins third term but his par­ty los­es seats in Par­lia­ment

India’s Modi wins third term but his party loses seats in Parliament

Indi­an Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has won a third term in office, but his par­ty suf­fered a sur­prise set­back and is like­ly to lose a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of seats in Par­lia­ment, accord­ing to ear­ly results.
Modi’s Hin­du right-wing Bharatiya Jana­ta Par­ty and oth­er par­ties allied with it appeared to have secured almost 300 of 543 seats in Par­lia­ment, which gives them a sim­ple major­i­ty but falls short of lock­ing in a major­i­ty with Bharatiya Jana­ta Par­ty-only mem­bers. 

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi address­es sup­port­ers at the Bharatiya Jana­ta Par­ty head­quar­ters in New Del­hi, India, Tues­day, June 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Exit polls had indi­cat­ed Modi’s par­ty would win by a land­slide, which didn’t hap­pen. He went into the elec­tion with a 74% approval rat­ing, accord­ing to Morn­ing Con­sult. 
“This is not an elec­tion — it is a kind of polit­i­cal earth­quake,” Niran­jan Sa …