Election results 2019: It looks like the BJP and its allies will be back in power in New Delhi, just as exit polls predicted. Counting trends indicate they’ve done it comfortably. Forget just winning a majority — the National Democratic Alliance’s tally is hovering around the 350-seat mark. But keep in mind that final results will take some time.
rime 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 BJP will win a parliamentary majority on its own in a 545-strong Lok Sabha with two nominated members — just as it did in 2014.
It alone has leads in 300-odd seats, although counting trends fluctuate through the day.
“India wins yet again!” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted in the afternoon.
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. It appears the spectacular failure of opinion and exit polls to predict the recent election in Australia — a talking point when Indian survey data where broadcast on May 19 — has not reproduced itself here.
Some foreign leaders, including Prime Ministers Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka and Benjamin Netanhayu of Israel, have already congratulated Modi. Omar Abdullah, a former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, who acknowledged this weekend that all exit polls couldn’t be wrong, congratulated the BJP’s leaders in a sporting message on Twitter.
A number of exit polls broadcast on May 19 — the seventh and final day of voting — had the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the BJP, retaining power with well over 300 seats.
That is how things currently stand.
For the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress-led grouping vanquished so emphatically in 2014, the exit poll data painted a dreary picture: if the predictions are confirmed, as it now seems they will, the UPA will struggle to find even 150 wins.
Current trends have the UPA hovering well below the 100-seat mark
GRAND ALLIANCE’ FLOPS IN BIGGEST STATE
The three-way contest in Uttar Pradesh — home to the highest number of parliamentary seats in any Indian state: 80 — is of particular interest.
Trends appear to show that a regional coalition of three parties, including the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, have failed to challenge the NDA, which won all but seven seats here in the 2014 election.
Now, the NDA looks headed for victory in over 50 seats — a smaller seat share, but a significant one nonetheless.
The Congress is also in the fray in Uttar Pradesh, but is not part of the tripartite “mahagathbandhan”.
Campaigning for the Lok Sabha election was often acrimonious — politicians got personal at times while targeting their rivals. The Election Commission found itself under constant scrutiny; it drew the opposition’s criticism for a number of issues, including one election commissioner’s dissent against clean chits given to speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.
Around 900 million people were eligible to vote in India’s seventeenth Lok Sabha election. The turnout was a little over 67 per cent.