Thu, May 23, 2019 11:11

Indian election: BJP surges ahead of Congress


The fate of more than 8,000 candidates across 542 seats will be decided on Thursday

Early trends showed the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance well ahead of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance.

At 9:45 am, data from the Election Commission showed the BJP leading in 250 seats. The Congress was ahead in 54 seats.

The BJP also seemed to be performing well in Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka, despite an alliance of Opposition parties.

In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP was leading in 47 seats, and the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in 20 seats.

In Karnataka, the BJP looked set to increase its tally of 17 seats from the 2014 elections, despite a tie-up between the Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular).

More than 8,000 candidates contested 542 seats over seven phases beginning more than a month ago on April 11.

Over 67% of the electorate turned up to cast their votes, a slight bump from the turnout in 2014.

Most exit polls predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance is likely to secure a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha elections.

They showed that the BJP is likely to lose seats in comparison to the 282 it managed alone in 2014, but its coalition will have enough to cross the majority mark of 272.

The Congress will gain in its tally, but will be short of what it would need, the forecasts showed.