Exit polls give an edge to Modi-led coalition, likely to win majority

Any party or alliance needs to cross 272 seat mark in parliament, and votes are to be counted on Thursday.

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After the last phase of Indian general elections came to an end, exit polls have predicted another term for sitting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance led by Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

National Democratic Alliance (NDA), BJP-led alliance is projected to win 287 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament, called the Lok Sabha, followed by 128 for the Indian National Congress party-led opposition alliance, CVoter exit poll said on Sunday.

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Any party or alliance needs to cross 272 seat mark in parliament, and votes are to be counted on Thursday.

According to another poll released by Times Now television, Modi’s alliance is likely to get 306 seats, a clear majority. The network projected 142 seats for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by the Indian National Congress.

Another TV channel, Sudarshan News, has given 313 seats to the NDA and 121 to the UPA. One poll by Neta Newsx, though, forecast Modi’s alliance falling 30 seats short of the majority.

After the final polling booths were sealed, a huge security cordon was thrown around the voting machines and boxes of paper votes used in the 542 seats for the world’s biggest election. The result is to be announced on 23 may 2019.