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Lok Sabha election 2019 result: NDA zooms past 300-mark hours after counting starts

rime Minister Narendra Modi’s NDA government looks set to retain power, as trends emerging from vote counts across India indicated it would sweep the Lok Sabha election with a parliamentary majority of well over 300 seats.

Hundreds of millions of votes cast in a six-week-long election are being counted, but the declaration of final results is still a long way away.

Most exit polls broadcast on May 19 — the seventh and final day of voting — had the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), retaining power with a clear parliamentary majority.

But a number of senior opposition leaders dismissed the survey data — Mamata Banerjee, for example, described them as “gossip”.

For the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), the Congress-led grouping vanquished so emphatically in 2014, the exit poll data painted a dreary picture: if the predictions are confirmed, the UPA will struggle to find even 150 wins.

Current trends have the UPA barely crossing the 100-seat mark.

Election analysts will pay particular attention to the three-way contest in Uttar Pradesh, home to the highest number of parliamentary seats in any Indian state: 80.

Results will show if a regional coalition of three parties, including the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, have managed to challenge the NDA, which won all but seven seats here in the 2014 election. So far, that does not appear to be the case — it is the NDA that looks headed for victory in over 50 seats.

The Congress is also in the fray in Uttar Pradesh, but is not part of the tripartite “mahagathbandhan”.

Campaigning for the Lok Sabha election was often acrimonious — politicians got personal at times while targeting their rivals. The Election Commission found itself under constant scrutiny; it drew the opposition’s criticism for a number of issues, including one election commissioner’s dissent against clean chits given to speeches made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

Besides the results of the Lok Sabha election, we will also know the outcome of a number of state elections and bypolls today.

‘Mahagathbandhan’ will give rise to ‘mahabhrashtachar’: PM Modi

Intensifying his attack on the opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said the ‘mahagathbandhan’ (grand alliance) will give rise to ‘mahabhrashtachar’ (grand corruption)’.

Modi said the Congress has been reduced to the status of ‘vote katwa’ party and it will soon witness its “downfall”.

 

“See its (Congress) downfall,” he said, as he made a no-holds barred attack against party president Rahul Gandhi, warning him that he will succumb to “ahankaar” (self pride).

Modi said while a Congress leader is sharing the stage with the Samajwadi Party, an apparent reference to Priyanka Gandhi who was present at an SP meeting in Raebareli this week, the BSP is attacking the grand old party.

“The SP is going soft on the Congress, but its alliance partner BSP chief Mayawati is attacking the grand old party,” he said at an election meeting here, apparently to drive a wedge between the two allies.

Attacking the Congress, Modi said the “Mr Clean” image of the then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi became “corrupt number one”.

He also recalled how the Congress had withdrawn support from governments at the Centre in the past leading to political instability.

“Only the BJP can give a stable government,” he said, as he led the gathering chanting “phir ek baar …Modi sarkar (once again, Modi government)”.

Those contesting 37, 38 seats aspiring to be PM: Yogi on Mahagathbandhan

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday hits out at ‘Mahagathbandhan’, saying that their leaders aspire to become Prime Minister, even as they are contesting on just 37-38 seats.

“At least 272 seats are needed to become the Prime Minister. Only the BJP has this capacity. Those who are contesting on just 37-38 seats, will they become Prime Minister?” Yogi told ANI in an exclusive interview.

 

“Those times are gone. People now want a stable government,” he asserted when drawn attention towards H D Deve Gowda, who was made the prime minister in 1996 when the United Front- a conglomeration of non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties- decided to form the government.

Mayawati, the BSP supremo, last month had said that she would use her experience as former UP Chief Minister “if we get an opportunity.”

When asked about Mayawati’s claim that the next PM would be from UP, Adityanath said, “Modi ji is from UP. He contested the last election from Varanasi and is seeking re-election from the seat which is in Uttar Pradesh. This is good that she supports us. I thank Mayawati Ji for supporting Modi Ji.”

Sharpening his attack on Akhilesh Yadav, Adityanath added that Akhilesh was frustrated as he was being treated as an underdog in the alliance with the BSP.

“This is the frustration of Akhilesh Yadav. He is frustrated because the SP once won 37 (Lok Sabha) seats from UP under the leadership of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Now, the poor guy is contesting only 37 seats,” the UP chief minister commented.

“When he sits with Mayawati on the dais, he is seated on a small chair while Mayawati herself sits on a bigger one. When he goes to meet Mayawati, he is asked to keep his footwear out of the room. This is his position. He is expressing his frustration against us,” Adityanath added.

Yogi continued with his attack on Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, questioning the Samajwadi Party chief over his comments that Yogi Adityanath stopped SP government’s laptop distribution schemes as he himself does not know how to operate a computer.

“See, we have not fooled people in name of laptop. Why did they stall the unemployment allowance? Why did not they distribute computers to all? Why did they stop their schemes in the middle?” Adityanath commented.

“We completed each scheme we started. We completely waived off farm loans, we completely shut down illegal slaughterhouses, we gave ration cards to all, we gave scholarship to SC, ST students of the states,” he said.

He also questioned the Election Commission, saying that the poll body did not take action against Yadav for his comments allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct.

“Do we go to the dais to sing devotional songs? We go there to defeat the opposition party and hit out at them,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday.

“Bhajan karne ke liye jaate hai kya manch pe? Ukhad dene ke liye aur apne virodhi ko gherne ke liye manch pe jate hain,” Adityanath told ANI.

Adityanath was referring to the show cause notice issued to him by the Election Commission (EC) over his recent controversial remarks while campaigning for Lok Sabha elections.

“Our work is to highlight the opposition’s weakness in front of the people. We do not mind it even when Congress or Samajwadi Party (SP) ‘abuse’ us during their election campaigning. If we revert, why are we called wrong?” Adityanath said while sharpening his attack on the opposition.

The EC had on May 2 served a notice to the UP Chief Minister over his ‘Babar ki aulad’ remark made during a rally in Sambhal on April 19.

Yogi claimed how he once asked SP’s Sambhal candidate Shafiqur Rahman about his lineage, to which Rehman said he was “Babar ki aulad”.

“The speaker had also condemned it during that time. To take an action on the conversation that had happened between two people does not come under the purview of the Election Commission. If I do not quote such a thing in my election rallies, then what else do I do?” he further stated.

The “Babar ki aulad” comment stirred controversy as it came in his first rally after the poll body barred him from campaigning for 72 hours for allegedly making comments amounting to the violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

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