The BJP-led NDA is projected to form the government at the Centre with exit polls giving between 249 and 290 seats to the Narendra Modi-led grouping, which is close to the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha.
A man speaks on his mobile phone, which has an image of Narendra Modi. (Source: Reuters)
Modi could become India's next prime minister, four major exit polls showed on Monday, with his opposition party and its allies forecast to sweep to a parliamentary majority in the world's biggest ever election.
Plastic jars with images of Narendra Modi and party's president Rajnath Singh are seen stacked atop of each other at the party's office in New Delhi. (Source: Reuters)
The ruling Congress-led UPA was tipped to get between 101 and 148 seats while 'others', including regional parties and Left, were projected to get between 146 and 156 seats, according to the polls shown on TV channels at the end of the ninth and last phase of Lok Sabha polls.
Bicycles decorated with BJP flags and an image Narendra Modi are parked inside the BJP headquarters in New Delhi. (Source: Reuters)
Official election results are expected on Friday (May 16), but opinion polls almost unanimously predict Modi's BJP will emerge as the largest party.
A canteen worker wearing a t-shirt with an image of Narendra Modi, carries a tray at the party headquarters in New Delhi. (Source: Reuters)
As challenger Modi sought a personal mandate in Varanasi, crowning his campaign to rule the country with a mix of pro-business policies and Hindu nationalism.
A private security guard stands next to a cut-out of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for BJP, outside the party's office in New Delhi. (Source: Reuters)
The rupee and stocks surged as investors bet Modi will usher in a stable government focused on reviving Asia's third-largest economy.
Men walk past a hoarding of Narendra Modi outside the party headquarters in New Delhi. The hoarding reads, "Excellent India". (Source: Reuters)