Prime Minister Modi claims victory in close India election

LARGEST ELECTION IN HISTORY, INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI IS LOOKING POISED FOR A THIRD TERM IN OFFICE BUT THIS IS NOT THE DOMINANT VICTORY THAT HE AND HIS FELLOWS EXPECTED. >> Reporter: THE CELEBRATION WENT ON WITH DRUMS, DANCING, AND A BAND. SETTING ASIDE THE FACT THIS WAS NOT

THE LANDSLIDE VICTORY PREDICTED FOR NARENDRA MODI’S BJP PARTY. BJP PARTY. BY THE IME THE INDIAN PRIME MINISTER APPEARED FOR RESULTS, THEY WERE SOBERING. POINTING TO A THIRD TERM BUT NOT A MAJORITY. IN HIS SPEECH, MODI THANKED THE PEOPLE OF INDIA AND PROMISED A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE COUNTRY.

>> A STRONGER SHOWING. VERY COMPETITIVE. >> Reporter: THE OPPOSITION PARTY LED BY RAHUL GANDHI’S PARTY LED BY RAHUL GANDHI’S CONGRESS PARTY . GANDHI CALLED IT A FIGHT FOR THE CONSTITUTION. THE LARGEST ELECTION IN WORLD HISTORY. A RECORD 42 MILLION VOTERS AND DURING A HEAT WAVE SO PUNISHING THAT

AT LEAST 30 ELECTION WORKERS DIED OF HEAT STROKE. IN THE HOLY CITY THAT IS MODI CONSTITUENTS, VOTERS SAID THEY WORRY ABOUT JOBS AND INFLATION. >> THE INFLUENCE. >> Reporter: AT ONE POLLING STATION, THE DEBATE ESCALATED. BETWEEN TASNEEM FATMA AND A MAN WHO DID NOT AGREE ON HER VIEWS

OF HUMANITY AND JAW. MODI IS VERY POPULAR BUT CRITICS SAY HIS NATIONALIST POLITICS HAVE DIVIDED THE COUNTRY. HIS SPEECHES, WRAPPING UP RHETORIC. >> YOUR PERSONALITY IS USED VERY EFFECTIVELY TO

MAKE HIMSELF PRESENT AND VISIBLE IN THE EYES OF THE VOTER ALWAYS. IT IS HIS VICTOR YOU SEE WHEN

YOU RECEIVE BENEFITS FROM THE GOVERNMENT. >> Reporter: MODI MUST NOW RELY ON THE GOODWILL OF OPPOSITION PARTNERS. THE OPPOSITION HERE CALLING IT A DEMOCRACY VICTORY AND HE WILL A DEMOCRACY VICTORY AND HE WILL GO INTO IT. >> JANICE, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TOP STORY TONIGHT FROM NEW DELHI.

SO, JANICE, TWO QUESTIONS. WHAT CAN AMERICA EXPECT ROM A THIRD TERM WITH MODI. AND I KNOW A.I. PLAYED A BIG ROLE IN THE SELECTION. EXPLAIN TO OUR VIEWERS HOW. >> Reporter: ON YOUR FIRST QUESTION, U.S. AND INDIA RELATIONS ARE NOT QUITE AN ALLIANCE, BUT THE RELATIONS ARE GOOD.

THEY ARE STABLE. THEY ARE EXPECTED TO GROW. AS THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION LOOKS TO INDIA TO HELP BALANCE CHINA’S INFLUENCE IN THE REGION AND IS MORE AMERICAN COMPANIES GROW MANUFACTURING HERE, INDIA HAS BECOME MORE OF A GLOBAL PLAYER UNDER MODI. AND THAT IS DUE TO ITS GROWING ECONOMY BUT

HE HAS DOMESTIC ISSUES THAT HE IS GOING TO FACE IN THIS THIRD TERM. THE BIGGEST COMPLICATION IS THE LACK OF A MAJORITY. THE BJP IS NO LONGER THE SINGLE DOMINANT POLITICAL POWER HERE, AND THAT IS NOT SOMETHING MODI HAS EXPERIENCED YET AS LEADER. ON YOUR QUESTION OF A.I.,

THAT WAS THE OTHER DEFINING FACTOR OF THE SELECTION PROCESS. JUST HOW MUCH MONEY WAS BEING SPENT ON DIGITAL ADS BUT ALSO DEEP FAKES. NOT ALWAYS FOR MALICIOUS PURPOSES. IN A LOT OF PURPOSES, LOW-LEVEL POLITICIANS WERE USING IT TO SPEAK DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AND TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH

THEIR CONSTITUENTS. WE KEPT AN EYE ON THIS TREND BECAUSE AS A.I. HAS BEEN SHOWING UP IN ELECTIONS ALL AROUND THE WORLD, AND THIS IS A VERY

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