India’s PM Modi secures second term & stronger majority, exit polls show

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India’s PM Modi secures second term & stronger majority, exit polls show

India’s ruling National Democratic Alliance headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party is on course to win the country’s general election by a substantial margin, multiple exit polls suggest.

The world’s largest democracy, with nearly 900 million eligible voters, finished its complicated, weeks-long, multi-stage election process on Sunday to decide who sits in India’s 543-member lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.

While the final results of the votes will not be officially announced until May 23, multiple exit polls show that Modi will most likely secure his second five-year term as the Prime Minister after a strong performance by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in an epic clash with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) led by Rahul Gandhi from the Indian National Congress (INC) party.

India Today/Axis My India Poll predicts NDA will win between 339 and 369 seats, while UPA will be able to secure between 77 to 108 seats in 2019 Lok Sabha election. Times Now telecast showed NDA can secure as many as 306 seats while the leftist coalition is on course to win 132 places. Another prediction by CVoter-Republic awarded 287 and 128 seats for the NDA and UPA respectively. CNN News18/Ipsos survey said that BJP-led alliance can expect to gain 336 seats.

Nielsen/ABP news channel poll was the only one to suggest that the ruling coalition would win 267 seats, falling just short of a 272-seat majority.

Modi wooed the public by presenting himself as an anti-corruption candidate with pro-business outlook, who is keen to safeguard the Hindu’s way of life and who remains firm on protecting India’s sovereignty, as recent violence with neighboring Pakistan showed.

Gandhi, a secular, socialist party candidate pledged to protect India’s minorities and improve life for the poor. The 48-year-old also rallied support from the public as an experienced politician from the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has occupied a prominent place in the politics of India since the country’s inception in 1947 when his great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, became Lok Sabha’s first prime minister.

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