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Exit polls in India indicate majority win for Modi’s BJP-led alliance in election

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance is expected to win a majority in the general election, according to TV exit polls. The exit polls suggest that the right-wing party would perform better than most analysts had predicted. The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to win a two-thirds majority in the lower house of parliament, with estimates ranging from 355 to 380 seats.

In the 2019 general election, the NDA secured 353 seats, with the BJP alone winning 303 seats. The exit polls predicting a clear majority for the BJP-led NDA have been conducted by various agencies, with projections ranging from 281 to 392 seats. The opposition INDIA alliance, led by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress party, is expected to win more than 120 seats, according to the surveys.

While exit polls have a mixed track record in India, with many previous predictions being inaccurate, they have still generated controversy. The opposition has dismissed the exit polls as biased and predetermined, accusing the government and the BJP of influencing the results. Despite the skepticism surrounding the exit polls, many are anticipating the official results, which will be announced on June 4.

The election, held over seven phases in scorching heat, engaged nearly one billion eligible voters. The Election Commission will conduct the vote count on June 4, with results expected to be announced the same day. In his post-voting statements, Modi expressed confidence in the NDA’s victory, claiming that the people of India have voted to re-elect his government.

If Modi’s alliance secures a win, it will be his third consecutive term as prime minister, a feat achieved by only one other leader after independence. In Varanasi, Modi’s constituency, voters expressed excitement about the prospect of his return to power. While some praised Modi for his focus on growth and development, others criticized the government for emphasizing sectarian issues over addressing the country’s persistent unemployment problems.

As the country awaits the official election results, the political landscape in India remains divided, with tension surrounding the validity and accuracy of the exit polls. The outcome of the election will have far-reaching implications for the future of Indian politics and governance, determining the direction the country will take in the coming years.

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