Narendra Modi (63), the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, claimed victory as India’s next Prime Minister on Friday, bringing to power a man whose controversial past at one point led the US to deny him a visa.

Mr Modi has delivered the BJP’s best result ever, giving it more than the 272 seats it needs to form a government. This is the first parliamentary majority by a single party since 1984.

Fractured electoral verdicts leading to coalition governments had been common in India since 1989.Manmohan Singh, India’s outgoing Prime Minister, called Modi to congratulate him on his “party’s victory,” said Singh’s Twitter page.Viewed as pro-business, Modi, 63, has pledged reforms to revive the nation’s flagging economy.But his past is not without controversy. Throughout his campaign, his relationship with the country’s huge Muslim minority came under scrutiny.

India has won, good days are coming, Mr Modi said at a rally in Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat, where thousands chanted his name. In a clear message to those who have tagged him a polarising leader, he said, “Even if we’ve clear majority to run the government, it’s our responsibility to take everyone along in running India.”

Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called Mr Modi to congratulate him on his party’s thumping victory, Mr Singh’s office said in a tweet.
“Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh calls Shri Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his party’s victory in the Lok Sabha (parliamentary) elections.”
The leaders of the Congress party, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi, have admitted personal responsibility for the disastrous results.
“We understand that victory and loss is part of democracy,” party president Sonia Gandhi told reporters in New Delhi.
Choosing to steer largely clear of religion and the hardliner right-wing Hindtuva agenda he has pitched in the past, Mr Modi promised that if elected he would recharge an apathetic economy and nationalize the “Gujarat model” of development that his party listed as his main qualification for the country’s top job.