With the end of month-long elections, exit polls show Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his allies are set to win a majority in the parliament.
The Indian elections, which started on April 11, ended on May 19 with the last 7th phase. The elections dubbed as the largest democratic exercise in the world were held in seven phases.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is likely to win at least 287 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament, followed by 128 for the Congress Party-led opposition alliance, exit polls showed on Sunday.
According to Times Now television, the ruling coalition is likely to get 306 seats, a clear majority in parliament. One poll by Neta Newsx, however, forecast the NDA falling 30 seats short of a majority.
A total of 272 seats in parliament are required for a party to form a government.
Exit polls, though, are not completely accurate and have a mixed record in a country with an electorate of 900 million people. Official results are expected on Thursday.
Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the West Bengal province and a Modi critic, dubbed the exit polls as ‘gossips’. “I don’t trust surveys that are used for manipulation,” She added.
Banerjee added that the Exit Poll gossip was part of a game plan to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip. I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together.
Voting ended on Sunday in the seventh and final round of India’s national elections, wrapping up a six-week long electoral process.
Modi’s constituency of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh — India’s renowned Hindu holy city — was one of 59 where voting took place on the final day of polling. Voting also took place in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh on Sunday.