New Government in India

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Publisher Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Narendra Modi, who led his party BJP to victory in the Indian general election, was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 May. Mr Modi invited heads of government from neighbouring states in South Asia to attend the ceremony.

Narendra Modi, who led his party BJP to victory in the Indian general election, was sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 May. Mr Modi invited heads of government from neighbouring states in South Asia to attend the ceremony.

‘It is very encouraging that Mr Modi is starting his period as Prime Minister in this way. A constructive and proactive India is vital for stability and development in the region,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende. 

Between 7 April and 12 May, India organised the largest democratic election in the history of the world, with a total of 814 million people eligible to vote. In all, 550 million people cast their votes, and the Bharatiya Janta Party, or BJP, received a clear majority, winning 282 of the 543 seats in the Parliament. Mr Modi has therefore been able to form a majority government, the first time for 30 years that this has been the case in India.

‘This election result paves the way for a stable Indian government. Last time the BJP was in power as part of the National Democratic Alliance, it pursued an economic policy that was favourable to the business sector and for globalisation. India enjoyed steady economic growth during this period. Much of the world’s economic growth in the years ahead will be in India and other parts of Asia. My Government will give priority to ensuring that Norway makes its mark in both economic and political terms in this part of the world,’ said Mr Brende.

There is close business sector cooperation between Norway and India. EFTA negotiations on a trade agreement with India are in progress. Norway also benefits greatly from Indian ICT experts and engineers who supply products to Norwegian businesses or are working in Norway. The Government Pension Fund Global is also a substantial investor in the Indian market.