Exit polls forecast numbers ranging from 287 to 306 for the NDA. ABP-Nielsen is the only poll that says NDA will fall short of a majority.
Nearly 61% voters turned out to cast their vote on Sunday in the seventh and the final phase of the Lok Sabha election held in 59 constituencies across eight States and Union Territories. Voting took place in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chandigarh. Besides the Lok Sabha seats, bypolls were held four Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Goa.
Among the prominent candidates are Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Ravi Shankar Prasad of the BJP, and Shatrughan Sinha and Manish Tewari of the Congress.
Exit polls predict Modi return
And it’s time for exit polls. Most exit polls forecast a majority for the ruling BJP-led NDA in Lok Sabha polls with varying numbers as the seven-phase polling in the general elections ended.
Many exit polls predicted that SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh is likely to trump the BJP in the country’s politically most crucial State. The BJP had won 71 and its ally Apna Dal two of its 80 seats in 2014. However, many news channels are yet to give a final figure. The saffron alliance may not touch even half way mark of 40 in Uttar Pradesh this time, some exit polls said.
Times Now: NDA 306, UPA 132, Others 104
India News: NDA 298, UPA 118, Others 127
Republic: NDA 295-315, UPA 122-125, Others 102-125 (Republic TV has done two exit polls. According to CVoter NDA will get 287, UPA 128, others 127. Jan Ki Baat prediction is: NDA 305, UPA 124, Others 87, Mahagathbandhan 26)
NDTV’s poll of exit polls gives NDA 300, UPA 127 and Others 115
IANS CVOTER: BJP: 236, Congress: 80; NDA: 287 (BJP: 236, BPF: 1, JD(U)+LJP: 20, Shiv Sena: 15, NPP: 1, NDPP: 1, SAD: 1, SPM: 1, AIADMK+: 10, Apna Dal: 1)
Neta-News X: NDA 242, UPA 164, Others 136
News 18-IPSOS: NDA 336, UPA 82, Others 124
ABP-Nielsen: NDA 267, UPA 127, others 148; (BJP 218, Congress 81)
India Today-Axis My India: NDA 339-365, UPA 77-108, Others 69-95
Exit poll projections for U.P.
The all important U.P. numbers from different exit polls are here:
ABP-CSDS: NDA 22, MGB 56, UPA/others 2
Republic-C Voter: NDA 38, MGB 40, UPA/others 2
Republic-Jan Ki Baat: NDA 46-57, MGB 21-32, UPA/others 2-4
Times Now VMR: NDA 58, MGB 20, UPA/others 2
News18-IPSOS: NDA 60-62, MGB 17-19, UPA/others 1-2
NewsX-Neta: NDA 33, MGB 42, UPA/others 5