PHOTOS: India’s opposition leader Narendra Modi wins national elections

Today, India’s opposition leader Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party won India’s national election, the world’s biggest election ever.

See Modi and his supporters celebrate the landslide win:


90-year-old Hiraben blesses her son and India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi at her home in Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Friday, May 16, 2014. Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide Friday, preliminary results showed, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party captured a commanding lead for at least 272 seats in the lower house of Parliament, the majority needed to create a government without forming a coalition with smaller parties. (Ajit Solanki/AP)

Indian bystanders, neighbors and media personnel surround the vehicle of Chief Minister of western Gujarat state and main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as he leaves after meeting his mother Hira Ba at her home in Gandhinagar on May 16, 2014. (INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images)

Indian supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate their party victory in front of the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on May 16, 2014. (RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hold a portrait of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi during celebrations outside the party headquarters in New Delhi May 16, 2014. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

Supporters of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate as they watch election results in Varanasi on May 16, 2014. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)


Indian supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) celebrate with fire-crackers, their party victory in front of the BJP headquarters in New Delhi on May 16, 2014. (RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Supporters of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, prime ministerial candidate for India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), wear masks depicting Modi outside their party office in Mumbai May 16, 2014. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

A supporter takes a picture of a map of India made of flowers with a picture of BJP leader Narendra Modi on it at the party’s headquarters on May 16, 2014 in Ahmedabad, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi greets the media as he leaves the residence of his 90-year-old mother in Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, Friday, May 16, 2014. (Saurabh Das/AP)

Read the full story: Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi’s party heads to victory in Indian polls

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