Initial trends of counting for 542 Lok Sabha seats show a clear lead for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), indicating re-election of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister.
Voting in the world’s second most populous nation ended Sunday, the gruelling process lasting a little over five weeks, exit polls predicted a victory for PM Narendra Modi’s BJP-led NDA and its allies. The total voter turnout was 64.9%, up from 58% in the last national vote in 2014.
The clock has struck six, the gruelling process to elect the 17th Lok Sabha has ended. Now, results of the world’s largest democratic exercise based on universal adult suffrage will trigger breaking headlines on May 23, 2019.
A much hyped battle of 2019 general elections has ended without a whimper. Narendra Damodardas Modi v/s Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was a contest to be held in Varanasi. It was a contest everyone waited with bated breath. But it ended in an anti-climax with Congress, India’s grand old party announcing Ajay Rai as its candidate against PM Modi.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unveiled its poll manifesto committing itself to reaching out to the farmers and outlining its commitment to rapid infrastructure creation over the next five years.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Gopalkrishna Prabhu Parrikar, 63, has passed away after battling cancer for nearly a year. The low profile Hindutva warrior had a distinguished achievement of making his ideology acceptable in a state where Christian minorities have a sizeable role in deciding the electoral fate of candidates.