Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance is set to secure a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha elections that concluded on Sunday, indicated most of the exit polls released on Sunday. Final results be declared after counting of votes on 23 May.
The result was contested by Modi as a single man contesting from all seats despite numerous personal attacks and lampooning and India media’s mockery of its own prime minister, especially after the IAF launched air strikes in Pakistan.
However, the exit polls showed the BJP is likely to lose seats in comparison to the 282 it managed alone in 2014. But the NDA coalition will have enough to surpass the magic figure to achieve majority mark of 272.
Rahul Gandhi-led Congress will gain in its tally but it is set to fall too short of what it would need to form a government, the exit polls showed.
An exit poll by Times Now-VMR predicted that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance will get 306 seats, while the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance will get 132. Other parties will together manage 104 seats, the exit poll predicted.
According to an exit poll Republic TV-CVoter, the NDA will get 287 seats – 236 of them for the BJP. The UPA is expected to get 128 seats, according to this forecast.
Another exit poll, by News18-IPSOS, has also predicted a comfortable victory for the NDA, with 292 to 312 seats out of the 483 seats that went to polls in the first six phases. The BJP is expected to bag between 242 and 252 seats out of these 483, while its allies may secure 50 to 60 seats.
The Jan Ki Baat exit poll pegged 305 seats for the NDA and 124 for the UPA.