300px Atal Bihari Vajpayee Narendra Modi: Indias Next Prime Minister?

Visit aglaia.co.in Português: O primeiro-ministro da Índia Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Sunil Kumar

Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister, was hailed as a candidate to become India‘s next prime minister on Thursday after a landslide victory in the state elections.

Despite the controversy surrounding his role at the time of the riots, his stature has grown steadily since and he has built Gujarat into one of India’s best-governed and most affluent states. His party has lost the last two general elections but Modi is increasingly seen as the leader who could finally return the Hindu nationalist party to power.

Britain announced it would end its boycott in October and sent its High Commissioner to meet Modi as part of its drive to increase trade with India, while the US said he would be eligible to apply for another visa. Both decisions were driven in part by the possibility that Modi could be India’s next prime minister.

He won 115 of 182 seats in the state assembly and marked his victory by apologising for his past mistakes. His supporters chanted “PM” in celebration. The BJP‘s leader in the Indian parliament‘s upper house, Arun Jaitley, said his past should no longer constrain his future.

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