The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their candidate for Prime Minister Narendra Modi appear poised for a historic victory in the world’s largest election in India. Given logistical considerations in a country the size of India, results are not due for the 139-million strong national election until May 16th, but the BJP and Narendra Modi are in the lead according to virtually all pre-electoral and electoral polls. Political analysts caution there is still a chance that Narendra Modi did not quite get 50% of the vote and a runoff election may be required.
In an unusual move for an Indian politician, Narendra Modi gave a short speech after he voted, then took a “selfie” of himself and the BJP’s lotus symbol and posted the photograph on Twitter. Following the incident, the ruling Congress Party complained to the election commission that his using the party symbol violated election laws.