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India’s Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi has received a hero’s welcome at his BJP party’s headquarters in Delhi after securing the most decisive election victory in three decades.
He was cheered by supporters after a victory parade from the airport.
Current PM Manmohan Singh, whose Congress party was crushed in the poll, is expected to resign later.
Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist and chief minister of Gujarat, campaigned on promises to revive the economy.
Results show the BJP gained a majority in parliament and will be able to govern without coalition partners.
However, many Indians still have profound concerns over Mr Modi because of claims he did little to stop communal riots in Gujarat in 2002 in which at least 1,000 people died, most of them Muslims.
Mr Modi has always denied the allegations and was never charged
‘India has won’
After arriving in Delhi from his home state of Gujarat, Mr Modi was greeted by flag-waving supporters. He stepped out of his car, flashing a victory sign.
A brass band, drummers and bagpipers met him at the BJP headquarters, while bunting and balloons decorated the street.