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Election Results 2019 LIVE Updates: BJP set to return to power as Modi wave sweeps country again

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 LIVE Updates: Who will come to power? 60 crore voters will answer this question today. Follow the latest news and updates below.

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Election Results 2019 LIVE Updates: The mood in the BJP is upbeat as exit polls have projected that the NDA is set to return to power.

Election Results 2019 LIVE Updates: Who will come to power? 60 crore voters will answer this question today. Counting of votes is set to begin at 8 am on Thursday, and initial trends are likely to set in by 11 am. The results of the Lok Sabha elections can be expected by this evening.

The mood in the BJP is upbeat as exit polls have projected that the NDA is set to return to power. The crucial states for the party are Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha. In UP, there’s a fierce contest between with the Mahagathbandhan of SP, BSP and RLD. In Bengal and Odisha, the party hopes to consolidate its position. By its own assessment, its candidates have performed well here.

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On the other hand, the Congress is geared with a three-step Opposition plan if the NDA falls short of the halfway mark of 272 seats. This plan will be put into action if trends signal a shift in favour of the Opposition.

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Respect people's mandate, congratulate PM Modi for his victory: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi: "I respect the mandate of the people and congratulate Narendra Modi for his victory. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Congress cadres."

Imran Khan hails PM Modi for resounding victory

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for his resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

BJP veteran LK Advani congratulates Modi, praises Amit Shah

"Heartiest congratulations to Narendrabhai Modi for steering BJP towards this unprecedented victory in elections. Amitbhai Shah as BJP President & all dedicated workers of the party have put in enormous effort in making sure that BJP's message reaches every voter. It's such a wonderful feeling that in a country as large & diverse as India, electoral process has been so successfully completed & for that, my compliments to the electorate & all the agencies involved. May our great nation be blessed with a bright future ahead," Advani said.

'Modi wave' became tsunami this time: Devendra Fadnavis

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis hailed BJP-led NDA's performance in the Lok Sabha elections saying the 'Modi wave' of the 2014 polls turned into a 'tsunami' this time, news agency PTI reported.

"In the previous election, there was a Modi wave. Now, it has turned into a tsunami. Going by the current trends, I think our seats in Maharashtra are likely to go up. It has also increased our responsibilities," he said.

Feel like a batsman who has scored century while his team has lost: Tharoor

India wins yet again, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India has won again and together with everyone, a strong and inclusive nation will be built.

"With all development for all everybody's confidence = victorious India," Modi tweeted.

Five things that BJP did right and bettered its 2014 tally

Continued projection of Narendra Modi as a decisive and strong leader in whose hands the country is safe. Post-Pulwama and Balakot, the party kept highlighting national security as a key electoral issue paid its dividend to the BJP.

Keeping in mind the possible losses in the state where it had reached its peak, the party leadership identified around 120 seats as new catchment areas and worked relentlessly there. Read more here.

Explained: How Nitish, Paswan rode Modi bandwagon to Bihar triumph

According to latest trends, the BJP-led NDA appears to be sweeping the state of Bihar, leading in 38 out of the 40 seats in the state. With the RJD leading in only 2 seats, and the Congress tally at nil, the results are a big blow to the alliance, which was in direct contest with the BJP in the state.

The other alliance parties too — Upendra Kushwaha’s Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP), Jitan Ram Manjhi’s HAM Secular, and Mukesh Sahni’s VIP — have failed to register any win. Read more here.

Election results 2019: Bhupinder Singh Hooda and son Deepender Singh are trailing in Haryana

BJP sitting MP and actor Kirron Kher has a lead of over 5,500 votes in Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat. She previously won with a margin of over 69,000 votes in 2014. In neighbouring Haryana, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and his son Deepender Singh Hooda are trailing in Sonipat and Rohtak respectively.

Kerala: Congress-led UDF marches towards giant win, Left parties blacked out

Kerala election results 2019: Throughout the election campaign, Congress state president Mullappally Ramachandran kept repeating a phrase when asked about the expectations of the party. “20-20”, he kept repeating at campaign rallies and press conferences referring to the state’s 20 Lok Sabha seats. Early trends of the results released by the Election Commission Thursday indicate that Ramachandran’s predictions are indeed coming true. Read more here

Delhi saffronwash: Why even an AAP-Congress alliance couldn’t have stopped BJP

Trends in the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi have indicated clearly that an alliance between AAP and Congress would not have been able to stop the BJP’s march.

BJP’s vote share tally in all seven constituencies — Chandni Chowk, East Delhi, New Delhi, North East Delhi, North West Delhi, West Delhi and South Delhi — is above 50%. 

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: NDA 344 | UPA 85 | Others 113

Explained: What the results mean for Rahul Gandhi and Congress

The May 23 election results also exposed another big myth – that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has a connect with the people and was a vote catcher. She was to the Congress's big bramhastra that the party unveiled for this election. READ MORE HERE

Celebrations break out as BJP takes lead, Modi wave sweeps most of India

As the trends came in, pointing to another tenure of Narendra Modi as prime minister, celebrations broke out in the BJP's party offices across the country with people dancing to the sounds of drums. Click here for more photos

Explained | BJP stands at the doorstep of history, here’s how

Narendra Modi will become the first non-Congress Prime Minister to return to power after a full five-year term. Read more here

Election results 2019: In Delhi, Gambhir posts massive lead, Atishi trailing in third

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir is leading by with a margin of over 60,000 votes in East Delhi over his nearest rival Congress' Arvinder Singh Lovely. AAP's Atishi Singh is in third position.

Election Results 2019: Kanhaiya Kumar trailing by over 80,000 votes

Bihar snapshot: Former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar is traling BJP's Chhedi Paswan by over 30,000 votes. RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha is trailing BJP's Nituanand Rai by over 21,968.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has comfortable lead of over 35,000 votes against Congress' Shatrughan Sinha.

Union Minister Giriraj Singh is also leading over CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar by over 80,000 votes.

NDA currently leading in 323 seats

BJP+ is currently leading in 323 seats.

Sensex hits 40,000 marks for first time

Sensex hits 40,000 marks for the first ever time, rallies nearly 900 pts; Nifty crosses 12,000. (PTI)


Congress chief Rahul Gandhi leads by 36,000 votes in Wayanad

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is leading in Wayanad constituency, where is contesting the Lok Sabha elections. He is up by 36,000 votes against CPI's PP Suneer and NDA's Thushar Vellappally

South India Election Results: BJP gives JD(S) supremo Deve Gowda a tough fight in Tumkur

Initial trends are in from the southern states; the DMK appears to be sweeping Tamil Nadu, while the Congress-led UDF may be headed for a landslide victory in Kerala. In Karnataka, the BJP is surging ahead, while in Telangana, TRS is leading in 10 seats. In Andhra Pradesh, the YSRC Party is up in 21 seats, while TDP is ahead in two. Follow LIVE updates here

Elections results 2019: NDA 304 | UPA 98 | Others 114

Northeast India Election Results | Will BJP continue its march towards its target of 22?

Counting of votes for the 25 Lok Sabha seats in northeast India began at 8 am on Thursday. If exit polls are to be believed, the BJP-led NDA is set to conquer the region as various surveys have indicated a windfall for the saffron party and its allies with a majority in Assam.  FOLLOW LIVE UPDATES HERE

PM Modi leads in Varanasi

PM Narendra Modi leading from UP's Varanasi

Lok Sabha election results: Sensex up by more than 600 points

Sensex up by more than 600 points as early trends show a return to power of NDA Government, ANI reported.

Elections 2019:Congress president Rahul Gandhi leading in Wayanad

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is leading in Wayanad, according to C-Voter. Meanwhile, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore is leading in Jaipur Rural and BJP candidate Sunny Deol in Gurdaspur.

Elections results 2019: NDA 40 | UPA 18 | Others 08

Congress party workers organise 'hawan' in New Delhi

(Express photo: Praveen Khanna)

Delhi: Counting of votes underway

Counting of votes for Lok Sabha Elections2019 underway at Siri Fort complex.

Counting of votes begins

Counting of votes for the seven-phase Lok Sabha elections began Thursday morning across the country. Election Commission officials said results are expected only by late evening.

Explained: How votes will be counted

60 crore votes locked in EVMs will be counted today as the world’s largest democratic exercise nears culmination. Counting is scheduled to begin at 8 am — here’s what will happen through the day. Read more here

(Express Photo: Nirmal Harindran)

India gears up for Lok Sabha results, counting of votes from 8 am

The much-anticipated day is finally here. The counting of votes for the 17th Lok Sabha elections will begin at 8 am Thursday, bringing the curtains down on one of the bitterly-contested parliamentary polls post Independence. While trends should start trickling in soon after, a clear picture is expected to emerge only late afternoon. Follow LIVE updates here.

Opinion | The message, from the road

This was a general election where the BJP campaign exuded energy, the opinions of women mattered, and the Congress seemed to come up short in answering the tough questions. Read more here

(Illustration: C R Sasikumar)

Ram Vilas Paswan: ‘Induction of regional parties into Central govt welcome… it changes their outlook’

Ram Vilas Paswan, Union minister and president of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an ally of the BJP-led NDA, speaks with The Indian Express on the General Election, the “mahamilawati” Opposition, and NDA allies a day before results are announced. Read more here

(Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Editorial: Shooting the machine

The Opposition’s clamour on EVM tampering is not new. In some elections in the past, parties that lost have sought to talk up apprehensions about the manipulation of electronic voting machines by the victor. Whoever wins and loses today must know the EVM did not do it. It is futile — and dangerous — to target the rules of the game. Read Express' editorial today.

How many — That's the question today, that's the question 60 crore Indians have answered

Today's cartoon by E P Unny

In BJP’s 2nd term bid, UP is crucial & gains in Bengal and Odisha

With exit polls predicting the BJP’s return to power, the mood in the party has been upbeat. But the real test for the party will be Thursday when counting of votes for the next Lok Sabha is taken up. Because that will decide whether the party has retained its 2014 support base in the Hindi heartland while making inroads in states where it didn’t really have much to show in the last election when it won 282 seats. There are great expectations from the BJP’s new frontiers of West Bengal and Odisha where, by its own assessment, party candidates have done well. The party is keeping its fingers crossed in the key state of Uttar Pradesh where, even during the campaign, leaders assessed that there’s a fierce contest with the Mahagathbandhan of SP, BSP and RLD. Its UP count in the last election was a staggering 71 of the 80 seats in the fray. READ MORE

If NDA falls short, Congress ready with a three-step Opposition plan

Believing that the BJP-led NDA will fall well short of the halfway mark of 272, the Congress, in consultation with many Opposition parties, has devised a three-stage plan which will be put into action for staking claim to government formation if the trends Thursday signal a shift in favour of the Opposition. Sources in Congress said three letters have been drafted by the legal team of the Congress, headed by Abhishek Manu Singhvi, to operationalise the plan. If the NDA appears to be falling well short of the simple majority mark, the Opposition plans to announce formation of a new alliance with a new name. It will be UPA plus since there will be many new constituents. READ MORE

OPINION | Congress seemed to come up short in answering the tough questions

If you notice, whenever the Congress loses, most of the decision-makers in the party go back to their day jobs — lawyers, economists, academics, authors or businessmen. Compare this with the political instincts built into the BJP’s establishment: Amit Shah, Narendra ModiRajnath Singh and others have been through the rough and tumble of politics and have over the years cultivated an intuitive sense of what works on ground. With Rahul Gandhi floundering, the party may need to come up with an answer for its workers as to its plans for Priyanka Gandhi. The evidence is limited but she shows a political instinct that few with lineage (especially in their 4th generation) have. In fact, if you take a look at all the next generation inheritors of political legacies — Aditya Thackeray, Abhishek Banerjee, Lokesh Naidu, K T Rao, Pankaj Singh, Jayant Chaudhary, Nakul Nath or Supriya Sule — few have displayed the ability so far to fill their patriarch’s oversized shoes. Perhaps, only Jagan Reddy, and Akhilesh Yadav and maybe Tejashwi Yadav have fought battles within and mobilised their own rank and file. READ MORE

On Piano, Mamata Banerjee strikes musical chord ahead of elections result

Hours before the results start pouring in, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Rabindra Sangeet to cool off some steam. Banerjee who is known to be an avid instrument player released a video of her playing the piano to the tunes of Aaro aro dao praan. Mamata releasing the video said, “As counting day approaches, I pray for my motherland. This song is dedicated to Maa Mati Manush.” She has been widely popular for her artistic skills, where she can paint, write and play. Written by Noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore, the song is about calling to the god to a higher authority to bring peace and love.


Lok Sabha election results 2019 live updates

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 LIVE UPDATES: Will the NDA return to power or will trends shift in favour of the Opposition? 60 crore voters decide today.

Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 LIVE UPDATES:

Amid controversy over Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), the Election Commission has said it "would like to emphatically and unambiguously clarify that all such reports and allegations are absolutely false and factually incorrect. The visuals seen viral on media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls”. This comes after several video clips of suspicious EVM movements went viral on social media.

“Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting. Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF). Further, the candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24×7 vigil at all times,” the EC said.

The Commission also rejected a demand by 22 Opposition parties asking that VVPAT slips be counted before EVMs in polling stations where applicable.

READ | What is the process of counting of votes? Here's a step-by-step guide

Some 22 Opposition parties led by the Congress had told the Commission that “if any discrepancy is found anywhere during the VVPAT verification, 100 per cent counting of paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that assembly segments should be done”.