An art student paints during a voting awareness campaign ahead of the elections. As India’s popular state Uttar Pradesh has the largest parliamentary representation and holds huge political sway.
India’s ruling political party has won a crucial state election, strengthening the ability to push through a development agenda in the worlds fastest growing major economy. Of the five state elections being counted over the weekend, one result especially loomed large, that off central India’s Uttar Pradesh, home to more than 200 million people. the staggered five-week vote in that state alone marks the biggest election in the world in 2017.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janta Party or the BJP, won in a landslide, taking a total of 312 over 75% of the 403 seats on offer in the biggest majority for any party in Uttar Pradesh since 1980.
The clear majority means the BJP will be able to form a state government without the help of other parties. In previous Uttar Pradesh election in 2012, the BJP ony won 47 seats. 2017’s votes marks a significant endorsement for Modi, the leader of BJP, and the face of its campaign across state elections.