According to trends at 12:34 PM BJP wins 241 seats, leading on 62. The Congress party has been declared victorious on 39 seats and is leading on
13 seats, as per the latest details of vote counting on the website of Election Commission of India (ECI).
PM Narendra Modi thanks Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his wishes on BJP's election victory
Regional parties from West Bengal, Odisha, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have somehow managed to hold on to their turfs, bucking the
trend of a nationwide surge of the BJP in the Lok Sabha polls.
The DMK appears to be sweeping Tamil Nadu and is set to bag 23 of the 23 seats in the state it contested. Five BJP Lok Sabha candidates in the
state, including Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, appeared set for a crushing defeat, trailing by over 2.5 lakh votes.
In Telangana too, it seems to be a sweep for the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) which has already won five of the 17 seats in the state and
are leading in four more. The BJP in comparison has won one seat and is leading in other three.
In Andhra Pradesh, the Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRC) is ahead in 22 seats of the state's 25 seats, ahead of the Telugu Desam Party
which is leading in the other three.
In West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress (TMC) has won six seats and is leading in 16 more, but the BJP has made significant
inroads into the state by increasing its tally from the present two to potentially 18 seats, according to the latest trends.
In Odisha, Naveen Patnaik led Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is leading in 13 seats, while the BJP is ahead in eight, according to latest trends. However, the
saffron party appeared set for major gains in the state where they had won only one Lok Sabha seat in 2014.
Actor-turned-politician and BJP candidate from Gurdaspur, Punjab, Sunny Deol, wins by 82,459 votes.
Following a clear lead on over 300 Lok Sabha seats, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressing BJP party workers at the BJP
Headquarters said,"Even a single political party could not mislead the country by wearing a mask of secularism." He emphasised how the
opposition could not make inflation or corruption an election issue.
He said,"If anybody has won today it is the democracy and its people." PM Modi also said that he "will never work with bad intentions".
BJP President Amit Shah addressing party workers said,"This is a historic victory. After 50 years someone has won an absolute majority for the second
time in a row."
On BJP winning major gains in West Bengal Amit Shah said, "Even after so much violence and rigging, BJP won 18 seats in West Bengal. It tells that in
coming days, BJP will establish its might in West Bengal."
On Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu getting decimated against YSR Congress leader Jagan Mohan Reddy, Amit Shah said, "...I
would like to tell Chandrababu Naidu ji, had he worked so hard to get votes then TDP's account would have opened."
Congress president Rahul Gandhi in a press conference congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP for its victory and also conceded his
defeat in Amethi where he was challenged by BJP's Smriti Irani. "I respect the decision and congratulate Smriti Irani ji," the Congress president said. "I
had said that during the campaign 'janta maalik hai' and today people have clearly given their decision. I congratulate the PM and BJP," he added.
BJP's Manoj Tiwari defeated former chief minister of Delhi and Congress leader Sheila Dikshit from North East Delhi.
BJP's Gautam Gambhir defeated Congress's Arvinder Singh Lovely and Aam Aadmi Party's Atishi Marlena in East Delhi constituency.
BJP leader and Union minister Vijay Kumar Singh won the Ghaziabad constituency. He defeated SP's Suresh Bansal.
National Conference leader Hasnain Masoodi defeated PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti from Anantnag constituency.
JD(S) leader HD Devegowda lost to BJP leader GS Basavaraj from Tumkur constituency.
Aam Aadmi Party's Bhagwant Mann won from Punjab's Sangrur constituency.
BJP's Tejasvi Surya has won from Bangalore South constituency by over 3,29,000 votes.
NDA has called the Union Cabinet meeting tomorrow.
Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who is contesting from Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram said that his party should replicate the model of the
southern Indian state in rest of the country. "The state has become an exemplar for what the politics of the Congress nationally could be. I just
hope we will be able to build from the very disappointing result nationally," he said.
Sharad Pawar, chief of National Congress Party, commenting on EVM controversy said, "I accept people's decision but this is also a fact that
people had their doubts about EVMs. Congress had performed really well in Rajiv Gandhi's time, but nobody doubted elections then, same when Atal
Bihari Vajpayee won.
Udasi Shivakumar Channabasappa won the Karnataka's Haveri seat by a margin of 1,40,000 votes.
Trends at 2.00 pm indicate that the NDA was leading on 348 seats, twelve more than its 2014 tally.
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen leader Imtiyaz Jaleel leading from Aurangabad, Maharashtra, by over 35,000 votes.
Trends at 01.00 pm indicate that the NDA was leading on 344 seats, eight more than its 2014 tally.
CM K Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha trailing from Nizamabad, Telangana, BJP candidate Dharmapuri Arvind leading by over 31,000 votes.
Trends at 12.00 am indicate that the NDA was leading on 338 seats, two more than its 2014 tally.
BJP President Amit Shah leading by over 1,25,000 votes from Gujarat's Gandhinagar.
The sensex crossed the 40,000 mark as trends indicated a return of power for the NDA. By Friday afternoon, the sensex has registered a rise of over
Trends at 10.30 am indicate that the NDA was ahead on over 300 seats, while he UPA was ahead on 100 seats.
Trends at 10.00 am indicate that the NDA is leading on 298 seats — 26 more than majority, while UPA was leading on 91 seats.
Sensex up by more than 600 points as early trends show a return to power of NDA Government
The trend in the first hour of counting from various counting stations indicated early leads for the NDA alliance.
The Counting of votes began at the scheduled time of 8 am in 542 Lok Sabha seats across the country.
Congress hopeful of victory — "The results will be definitely in favour of Congress. We're expecting that Congress will win and form the government.
Rahul Gandhi will be the PM," Congress leader Ajay Maken said hours before the start of counting of the votes.
It is expected that a clear picture of the winners would emerge by evening.
With VVPAT counting to be introduced in this Lok Sabha election, the results are likely to get delayed by five to six hours, an official said.
After the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) counting is over, the voterverifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) will be counted as per the Supreme Court guidelines.
Prasar Bharati and Google have joined hands for the election resultsday, providing for a dedicated live stream of the verdict of the Lok Sabha and
state polls on YouTube.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made across the various counting centres.
The Union home ministry on Wednesday alerted all states and Union Territories on the possibility of violence in different parts of the country,
saying calls were given in various quarters for inciting violence.
A 24-hour EVM Control Room has been made functional at Nirvachan Sadan in New Delhi to monitor complaints relating to EVMs. Any complaints on
counting day related to EVMs can be put forth at the control room. Their number is 011-23052123.
The General Elections was conducted in seven-phases from April 11 to May 19 to choose the 17th Lok Sabha and determine the next government. A
total of 8,049 candidates are in fray.
Most exit polls have predicted a comfortable majority for the BJP-led NDA whose campaign was spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The
opposition, however, has rejected the exit polls, calling them wrong and erroneous.
On Tuesday, leaders of 22 opposition parties met the Election Commission and demanded verification of VVPAT slips of randomly-selected polling
stations before the counting of the votes. The opposition representation to the EC came barely two days before the counting of votes and a day after
exit poll projections that the BJP-led NDA is likely to return to power.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL seeking 100% matching of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips with Electronic Voting
Machines (EVMs) during the counting of votes.
Sources : TIMES OF INDIA
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