BJP workers celebrate across country
Results of Lok Sabha elections 2019 shall be out by the end of the day. Counting of votes began at 8 am.
All exit polls have predicted that the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will return to power. If that happens, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the face of the BJP’s campaign, will win a second term in office.
Urmila Matondkar trails in Mumbai-North seats, alleges EVM discrepancy
Congress’ Mumbai-North Lok Sabha seat candidate Urmila Matondkar on Thursday alleged that there was a mismatch in signatures on an electronic voting machine (EVM) form.
The actor, who was trailing against BJP’s Gopal Shetty by over 1,45,991 votes, said a complaint was filed with the Election Commission in this connection.
“On the form of EVM 17C from Magathane, the signatures and the machine numbers are different. A complaint has been filed with the Election Commission,” she said in a tweet.
NDA heads for massive victory in Bihar
The NDA was heading for a massive victory in Bihar where it was leading in 38 of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
The BJP and the JD(U) which contested 17 seats each were leading in 16 seats each. Another NDA ally, Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP was leading in all six seats it contested.
The Opposition’s Grand Alliance where the RJD and the Congress were the dominant partners failed to make any impact.
The Lok Sabha election results will set the stage for another electoral battle in Bihar a year later, when chief minister Nitish Kumar will seek his seventh term.
Mehbooba Mufti drops to third position in Anantnag seat
National Conference’s (NC) Hasnain Masoodi is leading from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag seat while former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti dropped down to the third position as of 11:30 am on Thursday.
Indian National Congress’ Ghulam Ahmad Mir is in the second spot and is giving a tough fight to the NC candidate in the counting phase.
BJP has taken a lead in Jammu and Udhampur seats while NC’s Farooq Abdullah is leading from Srinagar constituency, his fellow party leader is also in the lead from Baramulla seat.
Congress leads in Punjab
Punjab appears to be the only silver lining for the Congress which is facing a rout in north region states as the BJP candidates have raced ahead of their rivals in most constituencies in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.
The state’s ruling Congress is leading in eight of the 13 Lok Sabha constituencies. In the early trends for counting of votes, the BJP and its alliance partner, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), are leading in two seats each, whereas the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is ahead in one seat.
BJP Parliamentary board meet today, PM Modi to meet workers
BJP Parliamentary board meeting is going to be held later today. PM Modi will meet BJP workers at party office at 5.30 pm today.
GST, demonetisation had no impact on the ground
The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) performance in both urban and rural constituencies across the country prove that the 2016 invalidation of high-value banknotes and the 2017 introduction of the goods and services tax (GST) did not have a negative impact on the party’s political prospects.
Even though the Congress and some Opposition parties raised the two issues throughout the campaign, but the results show that they failed to reap any political benefit out of it.
In Goa, BJP loses Parrikar’s seat to Congress
After 25 years of uninterrupted run, the BJP on Thursday failed to retain the Panaji Assembly constituency, largely represented by late Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar since 1994.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Sidharth Kuncalienkar lost to Congress’ Atanasio Monserrate by 1,758 votes. Monserrate polled 8,748 votes against Kuncalienkar’s 6,990 votes.
AAP’s Valmiki Naik and Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) candidate Subhash Velingkar polled 236 and 516 votes respectively.
Union Minister Gen VK Singh leads from Ghaziabad
Union Minister Gen VK Singh is currently leading with over 50,000 votes from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad
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It’s victory of nationalism: J-K BJP
Amid overwhelming trends in favour of the BJP, the party’s Jammu and Kashmir chief, Ravinder Raina, said Thursday it is victory of nationalism in the country.
Celebrations have started at the BJP state headquarters here as supporters chanted slogans and distributed sweets amid drums beats and bursting of firecrackers.
“It is a vote for nationalism in the battle of nationalists and ‘anti-nationalists’. It is a victory of the country’s people. It is a victory of nationalism,” Raina told reporters here.
Raina said the country’s 130 crore people have expressed full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi and given a befitting reply to the “mahamilawati” conglomeration led by the Congress. “This election was between the idea of Bharat and the idea of terrorism-launching-pad Pakistan,” he claimed. “It is the victory of India and Modi ji and his strong and bold steps on all fronts,” he said.
2019 more like 1977 and 1980 than 2014 elections
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has firmly established itself as the dominant pole of Indian politics in the 2019 general elections.
If the current trends hold , the 2019 verdict will have a close resemblance to the results of the 1977 and 1980 elections in terms of the dominance of one political party in India. Data scarped from the Election Commission of India (ECI) website shows that at 11:03 am, around 19% of the total votes had been counted in the country. The BJP is leading in 288 parliamentary constituencies (PCs) with a vote share of around 40%, nine percentage points more than what it had in 2014.
NDA leading in 38 seats, RJD in 2 seats in Bihar
In Bihar, the BJP-led NDA is leading in 38 seats of the 40 Lok Sabha seats while the RJD is ahead in two seats, according to Election Commission trends.
The BJP and JD(U) are leading in 16 seats each while the LJP is leading in six seats.
The RJD, a ‘Mahagathbandhan’ constituent, is leading in two seats of Jehanabad and Pataliputra.
Prominent NDA faces who are leading include- Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad (Patna Sahib), Radha Mohan Singh (Purvi Champaran), Giriraj Singh (Begusarai), RK Singh (Ara), Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Buxar) Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Saran), Chirag Paswan (Jamui), Ram Vilas Paswan’s brother Pashupati Kumar Paras (Hajipur) are also among the NDA candidates who are leading.
In Odisha, BJD ahead in 12 seats
Out of 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidates are ahead in 12 seats while the BJP is leading in nine constituencies as per initial trends, officials said Thursday.
In Aska Lok Sabha seat BJD candidate Pramila Bisoi is leading against her nearest BJP rival Anita Subahdarshini by 17,404 votes.
BJD candidate Rabindra Kumar Jena was leading by 262 votes in Balaslore Lok Sabha seat.
BJP takes lead in 9 Assam seats
The BJP is currently ahead in nine of 14 Lok Sabha seats in Assam, while its ally Asom Gana Parishad is leading in two seats, according to the Election Commission trends.
The saffron party has conceded three seats to its allies this time – two to the AGP and one to the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF).
In Kaliabor, AGP’s Moni Madhab Mahanta is leading by 11233 votes against Congress candidate Gaurav Gogoi.
Gogoi had bagged the seat in 2014 by 93874 votes.