New Delhi: After Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi, Narendra Modi is the third prime minister of the country who has been able to retain power for a second term with full majority in Lok Sabha.As counting goes on across the country on Thursday, trends show the Modi-led BJP would be easily able to cross the halfway mark of 272 seats in the 17th Lok Sabha elections. In 2014, the BJP had won 282 seats out of total 543 in Lok Sabha. Jawaharlal Nehru won around three-fourth of the Lok Sabha seats in the first elections in the country during 1951-52. Subsequently, he was able to win 1957 elections as well as 1962 elections with full majority. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCSince the elections were happening for the first time in the independent India in 1951, the polling had to be spread over a period of five months from October 1951 to February 1952. While the Congress hegemony was insurmountable in 1951, various other political strands such as Bhartiya Jana Sangh, Kisaan Mazdoor Praja Party, Scheduled Caste Federation and Socialist Party had started to take shape by then. The Congress was able to win 364 out of 489 seats during 1951-52 elections. The party polled around 45 per cent of the total votes then. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsIn 1957, when Nehru was up for re-election, India was going through a difficult phase as the PM was battling the right wing inside and outside his party after passage of the Hindu Marriage Act in 1955. The country was facing many language disputes. Consequently, after establishment of States Reorganisation Committee in 1953, many states were formed on the basis of language. The country was also feeling the heat due to food insecurity. However, among all this, Nehru was able to win a spectacular victory of 371 seats in 1957 elections. The Congress’s vote share even increased from 45 per cent in 1951-52 to 47.78 per cent in 1957. In 1962 elections, Nehru won again bagging 361 seats out of total 494 seats in Lok Sabha. After 20 years of Independence, the Congress’s hegemony in the country’s politics finally started breaking down in 1967 when it lost six state assembly elections. Out of this six, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal was lost by the Congress for the very first time. However, in 1967 elections, Nehru’s daughter Indira Gandhi was able to get 283 seats out of total 520 seats. This was Indira’s first electoral victory in general elections. In 1969, Indira expelled the old guard of the party, which were called as Congress (O). This section of Congress was led by Morarji Desai. It was during this time that Indira coined the slogan “Garibi hatao”, which found a wide emotive appeal among the Indian voters. As a result, she was able to increase her tally to 352 in 1971 elections for her second term. In between 2010 and 2014, with UPA government facing multiple allegations of massive corruption scandals, the BJP decided to appoint the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as their Prime Minister candidate for 2014 general elections. With a promise of development (vikas) across India, Narendra Modi won his first ever general elections with full majority in 2014 with 282 seats.
Ranchi: Jailed former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad has stopped taking lunch and keeping quiet most of the time after his party suffered a humiliating rout in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. The Rashtriya Janata Dal failed to win any seat in Bihar, once its bastion, and Jharkhand. Despite the Modi wave in 2014, the RJD had won four seats from Bihar. “Lalu Prasad’s routine has changed in the last two to three days. He is having breakfast and dinner but not taking lunch,” said Umesh Prasad, the doctor in-charge of the former leader’s health at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) here. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC According to doctors, Lalu Prasad, currently serving a 14-year sentence in Jharkhand in a multi-million-rupee fodder scam, is given insulin doses three times a day. But since he was not taking his meals on time, the doctors were not being able to administer the doses as they did earlier. Lalu Prasad has also been keeping quiet most of the time, according to doctors. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) swept Bihar, bagging 39 of the 40 seats, decimating the Mahagathbandhan parties: RJD, HAM, VIP, RLSP. The Congress won one seat. This will be the first time the RJD will not have a single member in the Lok Sabha.
The son of Alex Younger, the head of MI6, has been killed in an accident on a Scottish estate.Sam Younger, 22, who was the middle child of the intelligence chief, died in the early hours of Saturday morning on a private estate in Stirlingshire, according to Police Scotland.It is understood the Edinburgh University student died in a car crash, but police declined to give any further details, other than to say there were no suspicious circumstances.Police Scotland also declined to name the Scottish estate where the accident took place.Mr Younger, 55, and his wife, along with their two other children, aged 24 and 20, appealed for privacy to grieve and celebrate the life of their “wonderful, fun loving son”.Sam was a former pupil of Dulwich College in south London, where he played rugby for first XV. Alex Younger was appointed head of MI6 in November 2014 A statement from Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that Sam Younger, a 22-year-old student from Edinburgh University, has died following an accident involving a motor vehicle on a private estate in Stirlingshire on Saturday 30th March 2019.”The family have provided that they wish privacy and space to remember and celebrate their wonderful son.”The death is being treated as unexplained, however there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course, as is standard procedure.” Sam played for Dulwich College’s first XV rugby team A former economics graduate and British army officer, Mr Younger, joined the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1991 and was stationed as an operational officer in various locations around Europe and the Middle East.After rising through the ranks, he became a senior operational officer in Afghanistan, based there during the war. Another statement on Twitter, referring to the school colours, added: “He was black and blue until he died – loved every brick of the place.”Kieran Oberman, senior political philosophy lecturer at Edinburgh University, and Sam’s personal tutor, said: “Sam was a lovely student, always warm and friendly. He seemed confident and excited about the future. We are devastated by the tragic news of his death and our thoughts are with his family and friends.” He was appointed head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in November 2014, becoming the 16th person to lead MI6, but the first to be officially named.Like all his predecessors, he is known by his colleagues as ‘C’, and writes only in green pen when working on official documents.Mr Younger is a descendant of William Younger, founder of the Edinburgh brewers, which bore his name, and which eventually became Scottish and Newcastle.His grandfather was Henry Johnston Younger, who was killed in action at St Valery-en-Caux on 12 June 1940.CORRECTION: Contrary to what was originally stated in this article, MI6 chief Alex Younger’s grandfather was not the 3rd Viscount Younger of Leckie and there is therefore no link to the family of the late George Younger, Defence Secretary in the late 1980s. Nor did the death of Sam Younger occur on the Leckie Estate in Stirlingshire as readers might have understood. We apologise for any distress caused by these errors, which have been corrected. Sam Younger was described as a highly talented sportsman Sam Younger was a pupil at Dulwich college The public school, where old boys are known as Old Alleynians, after the founder Edward Alleyn, paid tribute to him.The Old Alleynians Association said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sam Younger (OA 2006 – 2015). Sam died in a car accident in Scotland in the early hours of Saturday morning.”A selfless, big hearted, fun loving and committed Alleynian, and Old Alleynian, we offer heartfelt condolences to Sam’s family and friends.” His family issued a photograph summing up his adventurous spirit, which featured him on an overseas motorcycle trip in 2017.Sam was born in Vienna in 1996, at a time when his father was stationed there with MI6. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.