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India’s Economic Resilience Unshaken by Election Results, Says Nomura

India’s economic fundamentals remain robust despite the recent general election results, investment bank Nomura reported on Wednesday. The results of the elections have paved the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third consecutive term in office, bolstering confidence in the country’s economic stability.

Modi is set to form the government for a third consecutive term, as the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured a majority in the Lok Sabha. This success comes despite significant losses in three Hindi heartland states following a fiercely contested election, which many saw as a referendum on Modi’s leadership.

The Election Commission of India has finalized the results for all 543 Lok Sabha constituencies. The BJP emerged victorious in 240 seats, while the Congress secured 99 seats. Despite these outcomes, Nomura remains optimistic about India’s economic trajectory.

“India’s economic fundamentals remain robust,” Nomura stated. “Reforms in India have generally withstood the test of politics, and we anticipate the government will maintain the momentum of governance and administrative reforms. The more challenging reforms related to land and labor will likely be tackled by individual states.”

Nomura acknowledged the heightened near-term uncertainty and the slightly altered political landscape but emphasized that the broader direction of economic reforms and macroeconomic stability remains unchanged. The immediate focus is on forming the government and political negotiations between parties. Reports suggest the swearing-in ceremony could occur on June 9.

“We anticipate the Cabinet might include some new faces, and we are particularly interested in the final budget, expected in early July, to determine the policy direction,” the investment bank noted.

Nomura outlined the probable priorities for the new government’s first 125-day agenda, including digitalization, infrastructure development, industrialization, and governance-related reforms. These initiatives aim to bolster India’s economic framework and drive sustainable growth.

The election results might lead to a shift in spending from capital expenditure (capex) to revenue expenditure (revex). Nonetheless, Nomura’s analysts do not foresee any abandonment of macroeconomic prudence. “We do not expect a deviation from the interim budget target of 5.1 percent of GDP. However, if the government deems reflationary policies politically necessary, it could slow fiscal consolidation,” they explained.

Supply-side reforms are anticipated to persist, while factor market reforms will likely remain challenging. Nomura does not foresee a significant impact on monetary policy due to the election outcomes.

In summary, despite the political changes and near-term uncertainties, India’s economic fundamentals are expected to stay strong. The continuation of key reforms and prudent fiscal policies will support the country’s economic resilience, ensuring stable growth and development in the coming years.

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Jhumpa Lahiri

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