NEW DELHI – India's prime minister-elect Narendra Modi was mobbed by flag-waving supporters as he arrived in New Delhi from western Gujarat state, which he has governed since 2001, local and foreign media reported on Saturday.
The long-time opposition leader is now preparing for his five-year term in office after his BJP secured the biggest win by a single party in 30 years. On Friday, Modi addressed a crowd of cheering supporters, promising a better economy and vowing his government will take everyone in India along.
US President Barack Obama phoned the incoming Indian prime minister and invited him to visit Washington. India's five-week election wrapped up Monday, with the BJP winning the first one-party majority in the parliament in 30 years. That means it can create a government without forming a coalition with regional leaders.
The Election Commission of India says a record 66 percent of the country's 815 million registered voters cast ballots. Controversy has swirled around Modi since 2002 when Hindu-Muslim rioting in his state killed more than 1,000 people. But India's Supreme Court cleared Modi of charges that he incited the violence.
Modi has since cast himself as an able administrator and decisive leader who has energized the economy of Gujarat and holds the promise of doing the same for the rest of the country.