India’s Modi to present coalition deal to president | News World


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to present a coalition agreement to the president on Friday, after an unexpectedly close election forced his party to rely on allies to keep him in power.

Modi’s Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled outright for the past decade but failed to repeat its prior two landslide wins, defying analyst expectations and exit polls.

It was instead forced into quick-fire talks with a 15-member coalition that agreed to give it the parliamentary numbers to govern.

Modi was expected to visit President Droupadi Murmu with allied party leaders on Friday to seek her formal approval to form the next government, news agency Press Trust of India reported.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) supporting Modi’s third term ambitions “unanimously” chose the 73-year-old premier as leader on Wednesday.

The alliance holds 293 seats in parliament, giving it control of the 543-seat body.

Modi’s party has not…


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