The BJP-led NDA appears to be heading for a victory in the Lok Sabha elections with the trends in the counting of votes giving the saffron party leads in 257 seats on its own while its allies led in 39 seats.
The ruling Congress was struggling with leads only in 45 seats as per the trends available for 490 seats. Among its allies, NCP was ahead in five, Kerala Congress and RSP one each. BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi was leading in Varanasi by 19255 votes and by over 4.11 lakh votes in Vadodara.
In Amethi, Rahul Gandhi was leading with 1666 votes and Congress President Sonia Gandhi was leading by over 56000 votes in Rae Bareli. BJP's oldest ally the Shiv Sena was ahead in 17 seats, while TDP was leading in 15 seats, SAD in four seats, and LJP and Apna Dal two each and Haryana Janhit Party one.
Among the other political parties, AIADMK and TMC were leading in 30 seats each, ruling BJD in Odisha was leading in 13 seats, TRS in 8, YSR in 8, SP in 8, AAP in 3. Riding a Modi wave, the BJP was virtually sweeping Uttar Pradesh where it was leading in 65 seats out of 79 seats for which trends were available. Its ally Apna Dal was ahead in two seats.
The other major parties in the state SP and BSP were down to leads in only 7 and two respectively. The Congress was ahead in three seats. In the other crucial state of Bihar, the BJP was leading in 12 seats while its allies LJP and Rashtriya Lok Samta Party were ahead in two and three seats, respectively.
The ruling JD(U) was ahead only in three seats while RJD and its ally Congress were ahead in two and one seat respectively. In the BJP-ruled states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, the party was set to score landslide victories. In Gujarat and Rajasthan, the party was leading in all the 26 and 25 seats, respectively.
Similarly, in Delhi, the party is set to secure all the seven seats from Congress. The party was also making impressive gains Karnataka, Assam and Maharashtra. In Karnataka, BJP is ahead in 18 of the 28 seats, leaving Congress at 8 while JD(S) was ahead at two.
BJP put up an impressive show in Assam where it was ahead in 8 of the 14 seats, pushing ruling Congress way behind with two. AIUDF was ahead in three and independent one. Maharashtra was another state where the saffron alliance was ahead in 38 of 46 seats for which trends were available.
BJP alone was ahead in 21 seats while its oldest ally Shiv Sena was leading in 17. The Congress was leading in one seat while is ally NCP was leading in three. AAP was ahead in one seat. The other parties doing well in the elections are AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and TMC in West Bengal. AIADMK was leading in 31 seats while BJP and its ally PMK were ahead in one each.
Similarly, it was TMC show all the way in West Bengal where the ruling party was ahead in 31 seats out of 40 seats for which trends were available. BJP and Congress were leading in four each and the CPI(M) in one.