" India wins again! Exclaimed Narendra Modi on Twitter, who is seeking a second term as head of the country's 1.3 billion people. "This great victory is the victory of the faith of the people in five years of progressive and strong leadership of Prime Minister Modi," said the same social network Amit Shah, powerful boss of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and right hand strongman of India.

If trends are confirmed, the coalition led by the Indian People's Party (Bharatiya Janata Party) would comfortably exceed the absolute majority of 272 parliamentarians (542 seats in all in the lower house, the Lok Sabha).

Congress Party, the main opposition party, led the race in only 50 constituencies of the Lok Sabha.

During six weeks of voting 67% of the 900 million Indian voters have voted for the seventeenth legislative since the independence of the giant of South Asia. Indian financial markets, which see the head of government as pro-business, have jumped to unprecedented levels. The Sensex index briefly crossed the bar, which has never reached 40,000 points. The rupee was also strengthening against the dollar.

A quasi-referendum

Practicing an ultra-personification of power, Narendra Modi had made these legislative a quasi-referendum on his person. This adept of governance by shocks (bombing in Pakistan, surprise demonetization of notes ...) focused his campaign on an anxiety-provoking security speech, setting himself up as a defender of the nation.

The Hindu nationalist leader was five years ago one of the first representatives of the current global populist wave to gain power.

Andrew Preston for DayNewsWorld