Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is ahead of others as per the early trends available so far, according to the TV channels. The BJP is leading in 250 out of 542 seats for which the elections were held, according to CNN News18 TV channel.
The BJP-led national Democratic Alliance is ahead in 300 seats.
The Congress is ahead in 58 seats while its United Progressive Alliance is leading in 96 seats.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi is trailing against BJP’s Smriti Irani in what has been a backyard. His mother, Sonia Gandhi, is also trailing in Rae Bareli, another pocketborough of the family.
Initial trends suggest the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is heading for a landslide victory in the 2019 general elections.
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The most number of leads for the BJP are coming from Uttar Pradesh for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The party has also made smart gains in West Bengal and Odisha while retaining its hold in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar.
Shashi Tharror and Ajay Maken of the Congress are trailing in Thiruvananthapuram and New Delhi, respectively. Nikhil Kumaraswamy, son of Karanataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, is trailing in Mandya.
Prakash Raj, fighting as an independent from Bengaluru central, is trailing.
Rajnath Singh is leading in Lucknow and so is Raghavendra Rathore in Jaipur. Rita Bahuguna and Sadhvi Pragya are ahead in Allahabad and Bhopal, respectively.
Counting for votes started at 8AM. The bitterly-fought seven-phase exercise stretched over 39 days and saw the highest-ever turnout for an election at 67.1%.
According to exit polls released Sunday, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is expected to get anywhere between 242 and 365 seats.
The Congress, which was decimated in the 2014 general elections when it got a mere 44 seats, is seen bettering its performance. The United Progressive Alliance, led by the grand old party, is seen getting between 82 and 164 seats, according to the pollsters.
In a major shift of stance from 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi rode to power on his ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ agenda, he this time sought another term on the basis of strong and clean governance, rooting out corruption, providing social welfare schemes directly to the beneficiaries and muscular nationalism.
The opposition ran its campaign accusing the government of polarising the country on communal lines, the highly unpopular demonetization that led to job losses, hurting small traders, ignoring the farmers while catering to industrialists and mismanaging the economy.