Prime Minister Narendra Modi's NDA government has been picked to lead India again by many of the hundreds of millions who voted in the hotly contested, six-week long Lok Sabha election, trends emerging from vote counts show. If the current numbers hold, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will win a parliamentary majority on its own in a 543-strong Lok Sabha with two nominated members - just as it did in 2014. None of the 542 races have been called, but the writing appears to be on the wall for Opposition leaders who dismissed exit poll data predicting such an emphatic victory for the incumbent
The BJP is heading for a sweep in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Haryana, Delhi. The party has also made inroads in West Bengal, Odisha and Telangana. It is comfortably placed in key states such as Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra despite a strong challenge from the Opposition. Meanwhile, the Congress has failed to carry forward the momentum from its recent election victories in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. It is, however, faring better in Punjab and Kerala. The full results are expected to be officially declared only late evening.
In Uttar Pradesh, where the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party combine had posed a stiff challenge, the BJP was leading in 56 of the 80 seats at stake. The SP was ahead in eight and BSP in 12. Read More...