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WorldModi's party has commanding lead as Indian votes are counted

10:00  23 may  2019
10:00  23 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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India ' s Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he is presented with a garland during a thanksgiving ceremony by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to But the main opposition Congress party has dismissed the polls and urged its workers to remain vigilant at centres where votes are being stored

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has campaigned hard to retain the commanding majority he won in He was up against the resurgent main opposition Congress party and powerful regional rivals across Exit polls have predicted a win for Mr Modi , but analysts warn they have often been wrong in the past.

Modi's party has commanding lead as Indian votes are counted© The Associated Press Election officials begin counting votes of India's massive general elections, in New Delhi, India, Thursday, May 23, 2019. The count is expected to conclude by the evening, with strong trends visible by midday. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party had a commanding lead as votes were counted Thursday after a six-week general election, sending the stock market soaring in anticipation of another five-year term for the Hindu nationalist leader.

Election Commission data by late morning showed the Bharatiya Janata Party leading in contests for 291 out of 542 seats in the lower house of Parliament, with its main rival, the Indian National Congress, ahead in 50 contests.

Vote counting begins in India, Modi expected to hold power

Vote counting begins in India, Modi expected to hold power Indian election officials have begun counting votes that were cast in the country's mammoth general elections. The count began Thursday morning and was expected to conclude by the evening. Exit polls showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party remaining in power for another five years. His economic reforms haven't broadly succeeded but his popularity has endured.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ' s likely return to power for a second term will likely be positive for his country's growth Local Indian media reported that exit polls predicted a clear majority for Modi ' s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)- led National Democratic Alliance when votes are counted on May 23.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ' s ruling alliance is likely to win a big majority in parliament after a To rule, a party needs to win 272 seats. Counting of votes recorded in hundreds of thousands of Critics say Prime Minister Modi sought to win votes by stoking fear among the Hindu majority of

The data didn't indicate what percentage of the estimated 600 million votes had been counted. The count was expected to conclude by Thursday evening.

The election has been seen as a referendum on Modi, whose economic reforms have had mixed results but whose popularity as a social underdog in India's highly stratified society has endured. Critics have said his Hindu-first platform risks exacerbating social tensions in the country of 1.3 billion people.

On the campaign trail, Modi presented himself as a self-made man with the confidence to cut red tape and unleash India's economic potential, and labeled Congress party president Rahul Gandhi, the scion of a political dynasty that lost power in 2014, as an out-of-touch elite.

The Latest: Early results show Modi's party in clear lead

The Latest: Early results show Modi's party in clear lead The Latest on India's general elections results (all times local):9 a.m.Early results are showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party in the lead in India's general elections.Election Commission data showed the Bharatiya Janata Party leading in contests for 229 seats, with its main rival, the Indian National Congress, ahead in 56 contests. The count that started Thursday was expected to conclude by the evening. In the world's largest democratic exercise, some 900 million people were registered to cast ballots for 542 seats in India's lower house of Parliament in seven phases of voting staggered over six weeks.

"Narendra Modi may well be leading his party into an era of electoral dominance." Nearly two dozen opposition parties have complained to the election panel of attempts to tamper with voting machines in vote - counting centers. It has rejected the accusation.

Modi ' s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) welcomed the predictions and Indian stock markets rose strongly on It then cobbled together an alliance with a commanding 334 seats. Indian government issued an advisory to the regional governments to be vigilant when the votes are counted Thursday.

Half a dozen exit polls released after voting concluded Sunday showed Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party winning. A party or coalition needs a simple majority, or 272 of the seats in Parliament's lower house, to govern.

"Mr. Modi's going to be the next prime minister, we are very assured of that," said Meenakshi Lekhi, a member of Parliament running for re-election in New Delhi.

By midmorning, India's Sensex had jumped 2.3% to an all-time high over 40,000.

Outside BJP headquarters in New Delhi, hundreds of people cheered and shouted party slogans, lifting cardboard cut-outs of Modi and BJP President Amit Shah into the air as other people played drums.

Mohit Sharma, a 29-year-old who runs a bathroom fittings business, said India had never had a prime minister like Modi.

"In the past, when leaders after they won elections, they sat in air-conditioned rooms and they never reached out to people, but Modi was never like that. He was always connected to the people through social media," Sharma said.

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India ' s ruling coalition has promised to rev up growth, double farmers' income and boost infrastructure spending in the next five years after exit polls showed it would retain power when general election votes are counted on “Narendra Modi may well be leading his party into an era of electoral dominance.”

The Election Commission of India has announced election dates for Lok Sabha election 2019. Elections 2019 will be held in seven phases starting In 2014 Lok Sabha election, Narendra Modi - led BJP had won 282 out of 543 constituencies in the Lok Sabha, handing out a crushing defeat to the

The BJP harnessed social media, including Twitter, where Modi has the world's second-highest number of followers, and WhatsApp to reach out to millions of supporters.

Meanwhile, at Congress headquarters, only a few party workers stood outside looked dejected.

In the world's largest democratic exercise, voters cast ballots on some 40 million electronic voting machines, a method India began using 15 years ago after complaints that the manual count of paper ballots was tainted by fraud and abuse.

Losing candidates and political parties have raised doubts about the accuracy and reliability of the electronic method, however, noting the machines are not used in Britain, France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States.

The issue hit the headlines again this week.

Top opposition leaders met with Election Commission officials on Tuesday after videos appeared on social media showing some electronic voting machines being moved. The party officials alleged that the machines were being moved in order to be altered, but the commission said the images showed unused machines being moved into storage.

The machines print a paper slip each time a vote is cast that is locked inside a box. A small percentage of the boxes will be opened and the printouts checked against the computerized results. The time it takes to count the paper ballots is expected to delay the results by several hours.

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Associated Press journalists Rishabh R. Jain and Ashok Sharma contributed to this report.

Narendra Modi sworn in for second term as India's Prime Minister.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was formally sworn in Thursday for a second straight term in office, following a landslide victory in national elections that cemented his grip on power in the world's largest democracy. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Modi, his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and their allies won a total of 349 seats out of 545 in the Parliament's lower house earlier this month.

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