State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said India's elections are the world's largest exercise in democracy, a marvel of logistics and planning with 900 million people – an eighth of the world's population – eligible to vote.
With the elections establishing the 68-year-old Narendra Modi as the most popular leader in decades, the BJP and its allies in the National Democratic Alliance(NDA) are poised to clinch around 350 seats as against their previous 336.
The US looks forward to work with the newly-elected Indian government to continue to accelerate the strategic partnership, which includes cooperation on a range of critical issues such as counter-terrorism.
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's house and the street leading to her residence in South Kolkata's Kalighat wore a deserted look on Thursday with counting trends showing a big increase in the BJP's numbers and a consequent decrease in the ruling party's tally of seats.
In the end, BJP's prediction in the final stages of campaigning of 'ab ki baar 300 paar' appeared coming true, as Congress President Rahul Gandhi's campaign slogan of 'chowkidar chor hai' found no resonance among voters
With talk of a hung Parliament doing the rounds, who will be India's next Prime Minister? Former secretary-general of the Lok Sabha Subhash C Kashyap tells Puneet Nicholas Yadav the options the President of India have
In states like Bihar where the electorate is heavily divided by caste, strategic alliances with little-known parties can make or break the dreams of bigger political players aiming for a piece of the cherry cake at the Centre
With neither BJP-led NDA nor the Congress-led UPA sure of forming the government, a fractured verdict on May 23 will bring regional parties into focus. The possibilities are manifold with every party expected to extract their pound of flesh