Edition:
United Kingdom
Pictures | Thu May 23, 2019 | 6:05pm BST

Modi wins historic election victory

BJP President Amit Shah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi react after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security.

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP President Amit Shah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi react after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country after a big election win, with his party on course...more

BJP President Amit Shah and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi react after the election results in New Delhi, India, May 23, 2019. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to unite the country after a big election win, with his party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Close
1 / 14
BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of the 542 seats being contested, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament. That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984.

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of the 542 seats...more

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 300 of the 542 seats being contested, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the lower house of parliament. That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Close
2 / 14
A BJP supporter waves a party flag as he celebrates after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. 

REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A BJP supporter waves a party flag as he celebrates after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

A BJP supporter waves a party flag as he celebrates after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Close
3 / 14
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after the election results in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after the election results in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures after the election results in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Close
4 / 14
BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP President Amit Shah arrives at the party headquarters after learning the initial election results, in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Close
5 / 14
Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results in Chandigarh. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results in Chandigarh. REUTERS/Ajay Verma

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results in Chandigarh. REUTERS/Ajay Verma
Close
6 / 14
BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Close
7 / 14
Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Close
8 / 14
Brokers react after seeing the election result at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai. REUTERS/ Francis Mascarenhas

Brokers react after seeing the election result at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai. REUTERS/ Francis Mascarenhas

Brokers react after seeing the election result at a stock brokerage firm in Mumbai. REUTERS/ Francis Mascarenhas
Close
9 / 14
Supporters of YSR Congress party celebrate outside the house of the party leader Jaganmohan Reddy after learning initial poll results, in Hyderabad. REUTERS/Vinod Babu

Supporters of YSR Congress party celebrate outside the house of the party leader Jaganmohan Reddy after learning initial poll results, in Hyderabad. REUTERS/Vinod Babu

Supporters of YSR Congress party celebrate outside the house of the party leader Jaganmohan Reddy after learning initial poll results, in Hyderabad. REUTERS/Vinod Babu
Close
10 / 14
Supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrate after learning the initial poll results, in Howrah. REUTERS/Ranita Roy

Supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrate after learning the initial poll results, in Howrah. REUTERS/Ranita Roy

Supporters of Trinamool Congress (TMC) celebrate after learning the initial poll results, in Howrah. REUTERS/Ranita Roy
Close
11 / 14
Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning initial poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning initial poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis

Supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate after learning initial poll results at the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Anushree Fadnavis
Close
12 / 14
BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

BJP supporters celebrate after learning the initial election results outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Close
13 / 14
A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gives money to musicians during celebrations after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gives money to musicians during celebrations after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave

A supporter of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gives money to musicians during celebrations after learning of initial poll results outside the party office in Gandhinagar. REUTERS/Amit Dave
Close
14 / 14

Next Slideshows

North Korea's eclectic architecture

Futuristic skyscrapers meet socialist monuments in the reclusive state.

23 May 2019

Indonesia plunges into post-election unrest

Calm returned to the streets of the Indonesian capital on Thursday after a second night of clashes between security forces and protesters angry about the...

23 May 2019

Abortion rights activists rally against new state bans

Protesters across the country rally against laws passed recently by Republican state legislatures that amount to the tightest restrictions on abortion seen in...

22 May 2019

Migrants released from overcrowded U.S. border facility

Border officials are releasing migrants at bus stations to help ease the strain on crowded facilities at the U.S.-Mexico border.

21 May 2019

MORE IN PICTURES

Wildfires rage across the Amazon

Wildfires rage across the Amazon

Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, as concerns grow over right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy.

Victims of 'La Bestia,' Mexico's notorious migrant train, learn to walk again

Victims of 'La Bestia,' Mexico's notorious migrant train, learn to walk again

Migrants maimed during their perilous journeys northward by "La Bestia," named The Death Train, learn to walk again with new prosthetic limbs in a special Red Cross program.

Aerial parade over New York City

Aerial parade over New York City

Britain's Royal Air Force Red Arrows, U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the F-35 Lightning II Demo Team soar above the Big Apple ahead of the New York International Air Show.

On tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra

On tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra

The Palestine Youth Orchestra, which has been touring Europe for three weeks, includes 76 members whose identities cross borders and religious divides, with Muslim, Druze and Christian members.

Editor's Choice Pictures

Editor's Choice Pictures

Our top photos from the last 24 hours.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Astronauts train for new Starliner spacecraft

Astronauts train for new Starliner spacecraft

A crew of veteran U.S. astronauts and aviators are training for a manned mission to the International Space Station aboard Boeing's new Starliner spacecraft, which could also be used to take tourists into space on future missions.

Cuba's retro rides

Cuba's retro rides

The streets of Havana are still filled with cars that predate the 1959 communist revolution.

Hong Kong in turmoil

Hong Kong in turmoil

Eleven weeks of confrontations between police and protesters have plunged Hong Kong into turmoil, and presented the biggest popular challenge to Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012. Demonstrators say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement that has enshrined some autonomy for Hong Kong since China took it back from Britain in 1997.

Trending Collections

Pictures

Podcast