Sunday 19 May 2019 11:48 PM UTC
NEW DELHI May 20: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appear to be on course to win a clear majority in India’s general election, most exit polls suggest.
The mammoth election is seen as a referendum on Mr Modi, who won a landslide victory in 2014, and his BJP party. The main opposition is the Congress Party, led by Rahul Gandhi.
The election began on 19 April and was held in seven phases. It is the world’s biggest exercise in democracy, with 900 million eligible voters. Vote counting will begin on Thursday, with the result likely known the same day.
Four exit polls have predicted big wins for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, predicting a win anywhere between 280 and 315 seats, far more than the opposition Congress. To rule, a party needs the support of 272 lawmakers.
But analysts warn exit polls have been wrong in the past.
Never-the-less, the clear majority predicted for Mr Modi is a far better showing than expected in recent weeks.
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