Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: PM Modi set for historic third term; Congress emerges as strong opposition

  • Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: The BJP-led NDA was hovering around 292 seats, as of 8.30 pm. The opposition INDIA bloc was leading in 232 seats, belying all exit poll predictions. A party or a coalition needs to win at least 272 seats to come to power at the Centre.

Gulam Jeelani
Updated5 Jun 2024, 08:27 AM IST
Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets supporters upon his arrival for a meeting at the BJP headquarters as the party leads in the Lok Sabha elections amid the counting of votes, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)
Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets supporters upon his arrival for a meeting at the BJP headquarters as the party leads in the Lok Sabha elections amid the counting of votes, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo/Ravi Choudhary)(PTI)

Narendra Modi is poised to take oath as prime minister for the record third term as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) secured a simple majority in the 543-member Lok Sabha. The election results announced on June 4, however, indicated that the NDA had not achieved the landslide victory that most exit polls had predicted.

The NDA was hovering around 293 seats as of 9 am on June 5, according to Election Commission of India numbers. The opposition INDIA bloc was leading in 232 seats, again belying all exit poll predictions. A party or a coalition needs to win at least 272 seats to come to power at the Centre.

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The only prime minister to have had three terms in office was Jawaharlal Nehru. Jawaharlal Nehru served as Prime Minister of India for a period of 16 years and 286 days from 1947 until 1964. Nehru was elected prime minister after the Congress party won the first general elections in 1951-52 and then in 1957 and 1962.

PM Modi addressed BJP workers, along with senior leaders, at the party's headquarters in New Delhi on June 4 evening. 

“PM Modi has always led the country, the party and the people of the nation from the front, and I welcome him here today. I also thank the NDA partners and their workers, and the BJP workers who worked hard over the last few months and helped the NDA win (the elections),” BJP chief JP Nadda said at the event.

In 2019, the NDA had won 353 seats with BJP bagging 303 of them. The opposition's UPA alliance had won 91 seats with the Congress party bagging 52 of them.

INDIA shines

Of the 133 seats that the INDIA bloc was leading on Tuesday evening, the Congress was leading in 99 seats. The numbers are a substantial improvement over the Congress party's tally in 2014 and 2019. In the 2019 general elections, the Congress party won 52 seats while in 2019 it secured 52 seats. 

Also Read: Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: 5 crucial things that helped INDIA bloc hold NDA under 300 seats

The biggest shock on June 4 results came from Uttar Pradesh, the bellwether seat of general elections. The INDIA bloc, comprising the Samajwadi Party and the Congress, was leading in 43 of the 80 seats while the BJP was leading at 33 seats. In 2019, the BJP had won 62 seats in Uttar Pradesh.  

“People have unanimously stated that we do not want Narendra Modi, Amit Shah to run the country," Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Tuesday evening. Gandhi won the election from both seats – Wayanad and Raebareli.

Nitish, Naidu kingmakers

Janata Dal United chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu can play the kingmakers. The BJP government, if it comes to power, will be at the mercy of these two leaders. The two leaders have a history of switching sides between the BJP and the Congress.

Also Read: Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: 5 crucial things that helped INDIA bloc hold NDA under 300 seats

The JD-U was leading in 12 of the 40 seats of Bihar, while the TDP was leading in 16 of 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh. Both the parties are currently with the NDA but if they switch sides, the NDA numbers will come down by at least 28 seats, going by the latest trends.

BJP sweeps Odisha

Among other firsts, the BJP leads in 19 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha. Remember, the Odisha assembly election was held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls. 

Of the 147 constituencies, the BJP was leading in 73 seats, while the ruling BJD was ahead only in 58, according to the Election Commission of India. This ends Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's dream to come to power for the sixth time. 

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First Published:5 Jun 2024, 08:27 AM IST
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