Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi has won from Vadodara in Gujarat by a record three lakh votes over his nearest rival, Congress leader Madhusudan Mistry.
Latest results aired on television channels show the opposition National Democratic Alliance leading in 294 seats (+ 158), UPA leading in 77 seats (-146) and others leading in 143 (-11) The leads are available for 515 out of the 543 seats that are up for grabs. Counting of votes to elect representatives to the 16th Lok Sabha and four State Assemblies – Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim – began at 8 am this morning amid tight security.
The exit polls have projected that the BJP and its allies would touch the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha. Most polls show the incumbent UPA regime getting between 101 and 148 seats.
Rajnath Singh congratulates Modi, says BJP's performance superb. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Rajnath Singh on Friday congratulated party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi over the party's performance in Lok Sabha elections. "Congratulated Shri @narendramodi over the phone on BJP's superb performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Trends indicate it is a landslide," Singh tweeted.
Of the 542 seats for which leads are available, the BJP is ahead in 271 to 320 seats (+ 182), while the Congress is leading in 51 to 67 seats (-155 to -167).