HONOLULU (AP) A month after the country’s first free, presidential election, the results are in.
With a little more than nine months until the next presidential election in 2019, a victory by Prime Minister Narendra Modi could pave the way for India’s first multiparty democracy.
As in the past, India’s two largest parties are seeking a third term.
But this time, the election is taking place amid a wave of protests over India’s brutal economic crisis.
More: India’s elections: Results, polls, and voting instructionsIndia’s two major parties are vying to win a third straight term.
While a runoff election was held last year, this year, it’s the first time since Independence Day in 1947 that there are no major parties vying for the top job.
This time, both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the ruling Congress Party are fielding candidates.
The results will be announced on Wednesday.
The BJP, which won a landslide victory in the June elections, has sought to broaden its base and is trying to woo younger voters and minorities.
The Congress, meanwhile, is trying hard to hold on to its base among the old guard and win back support from the upper caste and upper middle class.
The BJP, meanwhile , has made gains in Uttar Pradesh, the countrys biggest state.
The Bharatiyan Janata party has won at least 70 percent of the vote in four of the past five elections.
It also has a chance to win seats in the lower house of parliament, which is currently dominated by the ruling BJP.
In this election, Modi, who has pledged to scrap “devil worship” and curb corruption, is the front-runner for the prime ministership.
He is backed by his Hindu nationalist Bharatiyas ruling party, and his party has also fielded two of its own.
A major question is who will take over if Modi loses.
If the Congress Party wins a majority in the Lower House of Parliament, Modi could still face an election-year challenge in 2019.
The party’s president, Nitin Gadkari, is a former Prime Minister who is considered the front runner to replace Modi.
But he is also seen as a divisive figure who could alienate the party’s base.
A new poll published by the Hindu, an independent daily, showed Gadkaryas popularity at its lowest level in more than three decades.
The next election will be held after Modi’s term ends in 2019 if he secures a mandate in 2019 and then wins a second term.
If a third consecutive term does not produce a result, then India will be headed to a second-stage presidential election.
This is when voters can choose from two main candidates: either Modi or Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.
This year, the Congress party has not been able to secure enough seats to form a majority.
It is currently in second place in the National Assembly, which determines India’s legislative powers.