Modi returns; NDA leads in 342 seats
New Delhi: The BJP government of Narendra Modi is confirmed their second term with this Lok Sabha elections. According to the trends at 4.pm, BJP led NDA is leading in 342 seats out of 542.
With the elections establishing the 68-year-old Modi as the most popular leader in decades, the partial vote count released by the Election Commission showed that BJP will surpass its 2014 performance.
Until 5.00 p.m., the BJP had won five seats and was leading in 342 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in seven phases, demolishing the combined opposition with the Congress Party stuck with a lead in only 92 seats, according to the trends.
Modi himself was leading in Varanasi with a margin of over 4.3 lakh votes while party president Amit Shah was ahead in Gandhinagar in their home state of Gujarat by over 5.5 lakh votes.
In the end, BJP's prediction in the final stages of campaigning of "ab ki baar 300 paar" appeared coming true, as Congress President Rahul Gandhi's campaign slogan of "chowkidar chor hai" found no resonance among voters.
In the politically critical state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party combine had posed a stiff challenge, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal (Sonelal) are leading in 58 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh,
The BJP state headquarters in Lucknow was drenched in saffron hue with jubilant party workers wearing saffron stoles, adorning 'genda' flowers around their necks and holding lotus cut outs. They also burst crackers and danced to drum beats as women supporters wore saffron attire and painted their nails in the same hue.
In a stark contrast, Congress, BSP and SP offices wore a forlorn look. Under the scorching sun, even shop owners selling campaign material outside the SP office sat in stunned silence as those gathered around the tea kiosks talked in hushed tones
The Congress Party was ahead only in one seat in Uttar Pradesh. Even, Gandhi was trailing BJP's Smriti Irani in Amethi by nearly 20,000 votes but was clearly ahead in Wayanad in Kerala with a lead of more than 8.3 lakh votes.
"Congress party is feeling dejected and the trends are not in line with the expectations of the party. I would not jump to the results till complete counting has taken place," Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill told reporters.
"If they (trends) hold, then Congress needs to introspect as to why its campaign failed to resonate with the people of the country," he said.
The BJP is on the way to bust caste code of the Mahagathbandhan (MGB) in Uttar Pradesh as it maintains lead in most of the constituencies, demolishing the poll arithmetic myth of the Bahajuan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP).
NDA leads in Bihar, MP, Maharashtra
The BJP-led NDA is all set for a stupendous victory in Bihar, surging ahead of its rivals in 38 out of 40 seats.
The BJP's controversial candidate Pragya Singh Thakur has established a lead of over two lakh votes against Congress' Digvijay Singh in Bhopal, as the saffron party is ahead on 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh.
Union ministers Nitin Gadkari and Subhash Bhamre have established comfortable leads over their rivals in Maharashtra as the BJP-Shiv Sena combine is ahead in 41 out of 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state.Candidates of the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena were leading by more than one lakh votes in several seats.
The BJP was leading in 23 seats, the Shiv Sena in 18, the NCP in four while the Congress, AIMIM and an independent candidate were ahead in one seat each.
Gadkari was leading by 76,770 votes in Nagpur over Congress' Nana Patole while Bhamre was ahead of Congress' Kunal Patil in Dhule by 1.14 lakh votes.
Modi wave across India
Haryana also is expected to send nine BJP MPs out of 10. In Odisha, the BJP made huge gains, forging ahead in six of the 21 seats while the Biju Janata Dal was ahead in 15. In 2014, the BJD had won 20 seats and BJP took one. Odisha also held simultaneous Assembly polls, in which the BJD is set to return to power, indicating that the voters chose smartly, opting for the status quo in both state and centre.
Meanwhile, the BJP is heading towards a landslide in Karnataka as it leads in 24 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in the state, according to data on the Election Commission's website.
NDA leads in all seats in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Delhi
In Rajasthan, NDA is leading in the total seats of 25. In Delhi also, BJP is leading in the total seats of 7.
The NDA is leading in all 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
With its candidates securing leads of more than three lakh votes in nine seats, the party appeared set to repeat its 2014 performance.
Party president Amit Shah, who is contesting his maiden Lok Sabha election, has taken a lead of over 5.54 lakh votes over his nearest Congress rival C J Chavda in Gandhinagar.
The BJP has repeated the near improbable feat of repeating its landslide victory in north and west India with its vote share jumping over 50 per cent in many states, as the party appeared set to surpass its 2014 total of 282 Lok Sabha seats in this general election.
The BJP has won or is leading in more than 300 seats across the country.