What now for the India Congress Party?
The world’s largest democracy, India, just concluded its 2009 General Elections, which saw the re-election of the ruling Congress party to another term in office. The UPA (United Progressive Alliance) led the coalition which kept the party in control.
As of Sundays counting, the results have put the Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi, son of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, ahead of the curve with 204 seats in parliament. This left the party short of 272 needed to lead with absolute majority.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 76, returns to office for a second term. The other parties that contested in the elections were the Hindu Nationalist opposition, the BJP (Bharatiya) alliance and a host of other smaller parties.
Standing at the forefront of the world’s move towards globalization, no one can ignore India.
From Africa to the United States, the footprints of India and Indians are everyone. India is in the mix and on its way to becoming a bigger force in global politics, economics and a force in the world because of its dramatic economic growth, its size; 1.2 billion people. The country is being led by the powerful Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty.