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Modi leads BJP to massive win!

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Narendra Modi will be India's next Prime Minister.

According to trends, the NDA is leading in 300 + seats. In other words a "Modi Tsunami!"

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Narendra Modi was on course to wrest the top job in the country on Friday as a saffron wave swept large swathes of India, lifting the Bharatiya Janata Party to its highest-ever tally and leaving Congress in tatters. Modi has won the Vadodara seat by a margin of 4 lakh votes.
 
Underlining the humiliation of India's oldest party, vice-president Rahul Gandhi was struggling against the BJP's Smriti Irani in the Gandhi family bastion of Amethi, where anything less than a big win would be a disaster.
 
Modi led the BJP back to power after a decade in Opposition, taking advantage of public anger at Congress for uncontrolled high prices, corruption scams and rising unemployment.
 
The triumph capped an amazing run for the 63-year-old chief minister of Gujarat, who ran a high-voltage campaign that rewrote the political rulebook and caught his rivals napping.
 
And the Congress' incumbency problems were compounded by the listless campaign run by Rahul, who failed to grab the public imagination.
 
"This is not just a victory, it is a big responsibility for us to live up to the expectations of the people," said BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.
 
At 10:30am, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance led in 315 seats, comfortably hurdling the 272 halfway mark needed to grab power. The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was limping in at 70, heading for its worst-ever tally.

The BJP was seen sweeping the electorally key state of Uttar Pradesh, where its campaign was orchestrated by Modi's right hand man Amit Shah. Mulayam Singh's Samajwadi Party, which runs the state government, was winning just a handful of seats.
 
In Bihar, the party led in 28 out of 40 seats, and in the nation's capital, the BJP was leading in all seven.
 
Modi will travel to Varanasi, a seat from where he was leading his rivals, after attending the meeting of the party's highest decision-making body and will hold a thanksgiving for the people of the holy town. He is due in Delhi on May 17.
 
Many prominent Congressmen trailed rivals, including Kapil Sibal, Shashi Tharoor and Ghulam Nabi Azad.
 
Big winners included J Jayalalithaa's AIADMK, which led in 34 seats in Tamil Nadu, and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress, which was leading in 29 in West Bengal.
 
The Aam Aadmi Party, which stunned observers by winning the Delhi assembly last year, made an encouraging Lok Sabha debut, leading in a handful of seats in Punjab.

End of counting at 5pm will bring the curtains down on the poll process that began on March 5, with the announcement of the poll schedule. A record 66.4% people turned out to cast their ballot in nine phases of the world’s biggest vote held between April 7 and May 12.
 
Workers at the flower-festooned New Delhi headquarters of the BJP had started chanting tributes as early as Thursday.
 
BJP workers said they brought in two car-loads of fireworks, while confectioner Hari Gyan Singh told AFP he had prepared around 2.5 tonne 'laddoos'.
 
A total of 8,251 candidates, including 668 women and five transgenders, contested the Lok Sabha battle. The contestants included 3,234 independents.
 
Counting centres – mostly in close proximity to EVM store rooms – are being manned by the central paramilitary forces, home ministry officials said.
 
It will be a long day for the counting personnel, beginning around 4am. In a couple of hours, they were allocated counting tables in different halls through a draw of lots. By eight in the morning, counting started with postal ballots. EC officials expect the fate of about 8,251 candidates to be decided in the next 8-12 hours.

Other early trends came in from Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) where former army chief and BJP candidate VK Singh led against actor Raj Babbar of the Congress and Aam Aadmi Party’s Shazia Ilmi.

In Chhattisgarh, chief minister Raman Singh’s son Abhishek Singh led in Rajnandgaon.
 
Overall early leads were 23 for BJP, 11 for Congress and 9 for others.
 
Counting of more than 550 million votes began at 8am amid frenzied buzz across the country around projected prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi’s fortunes.
 
As the election commission set off on the biggest number crunching exercise in democratic history, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) PM nominee and Gujarat chief minister monitored proceedings from his residence in ministerial enclave, Gandhinagar.

Pollsters predict the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will return to power with a thumping victory and oust the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), which enjoyed two successive terms.

End of counting at 5 pm will bring the curtains down on the poll process that began on March 5, with the announcement of the poll schedule. A record 66.4% people turned out to cast their ballot in nine phases of the world’s biggest vote held between April 7 and May 12.

Television exit polls on Monday put the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on course to be India’s prime minister, with his BJP-led NDA predicted to get past the 272-mark — the simple majority needed in the 543-member lower house to form the government. The Congress is looking at its worst tally of below 100.

Workers at the flower-festooned New Delhi headquarters of the BJP passed around sweets and chanted tributes to Modi on Thursday.

BJP workers said they brought in two car-loads of fireworks, while confectioner Hari Gyan Singh told AFP he had prepared around 2.5 tonne ‘laddoos’.

Modi, who will be flying to Delhi on the morning of May 17, will travel to Varanasi, where he is contesting, after attending the meeting of the party's highest decision-making body and will hold a thanks-giving for the people of the holy town in the form of a major roadshow, if voted to power.

Anti-corruption crusader and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal is pitted against Modi in the city and would be seeking to replicate his electoral triumph in last year's Delhi assembly polls. Kejriwal will take a flight to Varanasi from Delhi on Friday morning.

The election commission has banned victory processions in Varanasi, where Modi is a candidate, and throughout the electorally critical state of Uttar Pradesh.

The state's chief election official, Umesh Sinha, said the decision was "ultimately aimed at maintaining law and order in the state".

Uttar Pradesh is one of the most sensitive states. Communal violence in UP’s Muzaffarnagar district last September left around 60 people dead and forced thousands to flee their homes. The ruling Congress party, expected to face a resounding defeat after 10 years in power, has warned that a BJP victory will stoke interreligious tensions.

Modi was taking a break from months of relentless campaigning on Thursday and was staying in his home state of Gujarat which he has run since 2001 as chief minister.

Sources in his administration said he would seek the blessing of his mother Hiraba on Thursday before addressing public meetings in his Gujarat constituency of Vadodara and Ahmedabad.

The BJP's previous best showing was in elections in 1998 and 1999 when it won 182 seats and ran the country until a shock defeat at the hands of the Congress in 2004.

“People have voted for development and progress. People are restless for change. They will feel liberated once results are announced,” BJP spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

Most exit polls showed the BJP’s gain in seats rode on a rising vote share, overtaking that of the Congress for the first time. For instance, the CNN-IBN poll put the BJP’s vote share at 34%, up 20 percentage points, against Congress’ 25.5%.

Exit polls – or survey of voters as they come out of polling booths to find out whom they voted — have a mixed track record, given the diversity of India’s electorate, with predictions going awry at times. In 2004, pollsters had wrongly predicted an NDA win.

A total of 8,251 candidates, including 668 women and five transgenders, contested the Lok Sabha battle. The contestants included 3,234 independents.

Friday's results will determine the political fortunes of India's virtual who is who, including BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (Vadodara, Varanasi), Congress leaders including Sonia Gandhi (Rae Bareli), Rahul Gandhi (Amethi), SP leader Mulayam Singh (Mainpuri, Azamgarh), JD-U leader Sharad Yadav (Madhepura), BJP leaders Arun Jaitley (Amritsar), Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), and AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal (Varanasi).

Initial trends will be available rapidly on Friday. The final tally in the Lok Sabha will be more or less clear by midday. But most results will be known only by evening, a poll official said.

As polling ended in various constituencies spread over nine rounds, the 1.72 million electronic voting machines (EVMs) were put in strongrooms across the country and placed under heavy security.

The counting centres – mostly in close proximity to EVM store rooms – are being manned by the central paramilitary forces, home ministry officials said.

In addition, about half a million police personnel from the states will also be deployed besides the local administration sanitising areas near the counting centres.

“We are fully prepared for the last big thing (counting),” said a senior EC functionary, adding that specific instructions have been issued to the returning officers of the 543 Lok Sabha seats for seamless counting of votes. “No unauthorised person is allowed within 100 metres of a counting centre.”

Those with gun-toting security personnel will not be allowed inside the counting centres even if they hold top positions in the government.

Candidates having security cover would be allowed if they voluntarily leave their security personnel behind. The only exception to the rule would be those enjoying SPG protection, such as Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is contesting from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.?

The EC has advised the candidates not to nominate elected representatives or government officials as their counting agents, who would be allowed entry at 989 counting centres set up across India an hour before the exercise starts.

It would be a long day for the counting personnel, beginning around 4am. In a couple of hours, they would be allocated counting tables in different halls through a draw of lots. By eight in the morning, counting will start with postal ballots. EC officials expect the fate of about 8,251 candidates to be decided in the next 8-12 hours.

“Normally, the delay in announcing final results happens if a candidate seeks re-counting and the returning officer agrees with it,” an official said.

The majority of counting centres will have broadband connectivity for seamless flow of trends after each round of counting to an EC control room at Nirvachan Bhawan in Delhi.

To ensure that trends and results from counting centres are available on the Election Commission’s website on a real-time basis, the National Informatics Centre – the government’s information technology arm – has provided additional servers to the poll panel.

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