India began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday (May 23) with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party taking an early lead. The BJP will emerge as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh, early results show. The counting for results 2019 is underway.
The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is expected to surpass the 272 seats needed to command a majority in the lower house of parliament, six of seven exit polls showed on Sunday. The Uttar Pradesh results will play a crucial role in deciding who will form the government at the centre as the state sends the maximum number of lawmakers to the Lok Sabha
Official data from India’s Election Commission showed the BJP ahead in 324 seats, with the main opposition Congress Party ahead in 107. The non-aligned parties clinched 111 seats. There are 542 seats available. Trends are expected to be known by noon and final results are due by Thursday evening.
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17 November, 2019