Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies are likely to return to power for a second consecutive term after the parliamentary elections that ended today, according to different exit polls.
Republic TV-C Voter exit poll projected the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance to get 287 seats while the Congress-led UPA’s 128 and other parties 127 in the 542-member Lok Sabha. The majority mark is 272 seats.
The NDTV exit poll says the NDA is likely to get 306 seats while Congress-led UPA 124 and other parties 112.
Republic TV- Jan Ki Baat exit polls give NDA 305 seats, UPA 124 and others 113 while Times Now TV-VMR predicts 306 seats for NDA, 142 for UPA and 94 for others.
According to the News Nation channel exit polls, the NDA is expected to get 282-290 seats, UPA 118-126 and others 130-138.
The exit polls were telecast soon after the seventh and final phase of polling covering 59 seats ended this evening.
The official results of the vote-count will be declared on May 23.
Exit polls in India have in the past often gone off the mark.
In the previous national elections in 2014, BJP-led NDA had won more than 300 seats with the BJP alone winning 282, a clear majority for a single party in the last three decades.
The exit polls are based on responses of the people who have cast their votes. Pollsters assume that voters have correctly revealed their choice after coming out of polling booths.
The aggregate of the four exit polls reveals that the BJP will sweep almost all the 65 parliamentary seats in the three big heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh where the saffron party had lost to the Congress in assembly elections just six months ago.