NEW DELHI: After the conclusion of the long-drawn seven phase polling on Sunday, leading exit polls predicted the return of Narendra Modi government at the Centre with easy and clear majority.
If exit polls predictions come true on May 23, the day when results will start pouring in, it would be a first for the BJP-led NDA coalition to have another go at governing the country for a second five-year term.
The Congress-led UPA coalition was predicted to see its tally of 60 seats of 2014 of more than doubling but exit polls indications are that it would not prove to be a strong challenger to dislodge the Modi government from the Centre.
In the most crucial state of Uttar Pradesh which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha, ABP News exit poll predicted 22 seats for the BJP while 56 to SP-BSP alliance and two to the Congress. Poll of Polls projected 55 seats to BJP in UP and 23 to SP-BSP tie-up and two to the Congress. In the last 2014 polls, BJP had bagged 71 seats in the State on its own.
All leading exit polls on Sunday evening indicated a comfortable majority for the ruling BJP led NDA dispensation, strongly projecting its return to power in the 17th Lok Sabha elections.
As the seventh and final phase of Lok Sabha elections concluded on Sunday, all eyes turned to the projections being made by the exit polls by several news channels and surveys for the 542 seats that went to polls.
Times Now-VMR exit poll predicted 306 seats for the BJP-led NDA ruling dispensation. It projected 132 seats for the Congress-led UPA while gave others 104 seats.
Republic-C Voter projected 287 seats for the BJP—NDA coalition and 128 for the Congress-UPA.
According to News Nation predicted 282-290 seats for the BJP-led NDA, 118 – 126 seats for UPA and 130-136 for others.
According to surveys, BJP seems to have regained lost ground in three crucial Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh which the Lotus party had lost last years in assembly polls to the Congress. The exit polls indicate that BJP could win 22 out of 25 total seats in Rajasthan, 25 out of 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh and seven out of 11 seats in Chhattisgarh. In the national capital of Delhi, exit polls predicted a clean sweep for the BJP on all seven Lok Sabha seats.
The first phase of polling had kicked off on April 11 and the long drawn campaign and polling amidst heat and dust proved to be a long drawn and tiring affair for the political bigwigs as well as the people who turned up to cast their votes. A 90-crore strong electorate was registered in 2019 general elections, showing an increase of nine crore electors as compared to the last polls in 2014.