NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured victories in three out of four crucial state elections, according to results announced by the Election Commission of India. The outcomes, exceeding predictions, strengthen Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pursuit of a third consecutive term in the upcoming national elections.

The BJP retained power in Madhya Pradesh, clinching a record fifth term, while also wresting control of the state legislatures from the Indian National Congress in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Telangana, the Congress party managed to flip the state, previously ruled by a regional party.

The election results, seen as a reflection of the national mood, provide a significant boost to Modi’s popularity and his party’s prospects in the 2024 elections. The victories in the populous Hindi-speaking states reinforce Modi’s strong standing in the northern regions. Analysts believe that a weaker BJP performance could have given momentum to the opposition, but the results now signal Modi’s return to power as inevitable.

The BJP’s success is anticipated to positively impact financial markets, with investors expecting policy continuity under Modi’s leadership. The prime minister addressed party workers at the BJP headquarters, stating that the results would strengthen global faith in India’s development and inspire investor confidence.

While the Congress party faces a setback in the Hindi heartland, particularly in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, it has made inroads in southern India with a second successive win in Telangana, following the victory in Karnataka earlier this year. Rahul Gandhi, leader of the Congress party, will now need to strategize with other opposition groups to mount a unified challenge against the BJP in the upcoming national elections.

Modi and the BJP’s election strategy is expected to center around consolidating the Hindu vote and highlighting popular welfare and development policies. The BJP’s policy implementation has contributed to its success in the face of challenges such as inflation, sluggish job creation, and anti-incumbency.