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India Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Updates: President Ram Nath Kovind accepts PM's resignation; counting over in all constituencies
  • 20:54 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    Narendra Modi gets official certificate of election from Varanasi


    Prime Minister Narendra Modi got elected from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency with 6,74,664 votes. Samajwadi Party's Shalini Yadav trailed far behind with 1,95,159 votes.

  • 20:50 (IST)

    'I do not agree': Mamata Banerjee pens poem in English, Bengali, Hindi

  • 19:30 (IST)

    Election Commission concludes counting of votes in all constituencies

    Counting of votes was completed in most constituencies, except Arunachal Pradesh's Arunachal Pradesh West seat. The counting in the constituency concluded on late Friday evening, with BJP's Kiren Rijiju winning with 2,25,796 votes, Congress' Nabam Tuki trailed behind with just 50953 votes.

    Rijiju's victory marks the end of counting of votes in the Lok Sabha elections. BJP's tally now stands at 303 seats, while 52 seats have gone to the Congress, 23 to DMK, 22 each to TMC and YSR Congress, 18 to Shiv Sena, 16 to JD(U), 12 to BJD,10 to BSP, 9 to TRS, 6 to LJSP, 5 each to SP and NCP, 3 each to IUML, TD and JKNC and 2 each to SAD and Others.

  • 19:11 (IST)

    Narendra Modi tenders his resignation from the post of Prime Minister

    President Ramnath Kovind accepted th Prime Minister's resignation. The President has requested and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new government assumes office.

  • 18:57 (IST)

    Will ask top leaders to take action against those who helped opposition, says Jaya Prada

    BJP’s Jaya Prada on her defeat from Rampur in the Lok Sabha elections, “I'll speak to the top leaders of the party about the people who helped the opposition party and that strict action be taken against those people.”

    Ahead of the elections, Jaya Prada was in the news after Azam Khan passed offensive comments about her. Khan won from the constituency.

  • 18:54 (IST)

    No alternative to Kejriwal in Delhi, says AAP's Gopal Rai

    Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Gopal Rai on Friday dismissed suggestions that it would have an impact on Delhi assembly elections slated for early next year, asserting that there is no alternative to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the national capital.

    Rai said the party lost because the elections were highly polarised and people either voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi or for Congress president Rahul Gandhi. "We consider it our failure that we could not introduce the agenda of statehood (main poll plank of AAP) in the highly polarised elections," he said.

    Rai exuded confidence that the result of Lok Sabha polls would not impact the assembly polls in Delhi which are slated for early next year. "There is no alternative to Kejriwal in the national capital and it has emerged that people who voted for BJP or Congress in the LS polls want Kejriwal in the assembly elections," he claimed.

    PTI

  • 18:47 (IST)

    Modi cannot remove Article 370, 35-A from Jammu and Kashmir, says Farooq Abdullah

    National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot remove Article 35-A and Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. He said the prime minister should make efforts to unite the people of the country instead of dividing them.

    "Let him be as powerful as he (Modi) likes, he cannot remove Article 370 and article 35-A (from the state of Jammu and Kashmir). Our right of Article 370 and Article 35-A should be protected. This is very important for us. We are soldiers of this country not enemies of this nation," he said.

    PTI

  • 18:44 (IST)

    20 leaders make Lok Sabha debut in Maharashtra

    As many as 20 of the 48 MPs from Maharashtra are making their debut in the Lok Sabha. Eleven of them are from the BJP, four from the Shiv Sena, two from the NCP, one is an independent backed by the NCP, and one each is from the Congress and AIMIM.

  • 18:42 (IST)

    Congress gets zero seats in 18 states, UTs

    The Congress has drawn a blank in 18 states and Union Territories, in the Lok Sabha polls which saw the BJP emerging victorious with a margin even higher than the one in the 2014 general elections.

    The Congress has been completely routed in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Lakshadweep, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Delhi, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand.

  • 18:38 (IST)

    BIHAR's electorate casts highest number of NOTA votes in country

    Bihar saw about 8.17 lakh voters opting for the None of The Above (NOTA) option - the highest in the country.

    Daman and Diu (1.7 per cent), Andhra Pradesh (1.49 per cent) and Chhattisgarh (1.44 per cent) followed in the list with 1.7 per cent, 1.49 per cent and 1.44 per cent votes, respectively, under NOTA.

  • 18:29 (IST)

    West Bengal Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    TMC suspends Bijapur legislator for anti-party comments


    Trinamool Congress suspended its Bijpur legislator Subhrangshu Roy, son of BJP leader Mukul Roy, for six years for anti-party comments.

    "Today I have no qualms in accepting that I have lost to my father. He is a real chanakya of Bengal politics. Our party has lost and people voted against us. We should accept it," Subhrangshu had said earlier on Friday.

    TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, "He (Roy) has been constantly making such statements. Our party's disciplinary body after consultation with party supremo Mamata Banerjee has decided to expel him."

  • 18:25 (IST)

    Dalai Lama congratulates Narendra Modi

    Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the National Democratic Alliance on their "sweeping victory".

    In a letter, the Dalai Lama wrote, "I pray you will be successful in meeting the challenges that lie ahead in fulfilling the hopes and aspirations of the people of India. India is one of the great ancient civilizations, a distinctive and fundamental feature of which has been ahimsa and karuna — non-violent conduct motivated by compassion. We Tibetans have tremendous respect for India as the source of our spiritual culture. The traditions of Nalanda University brought to Tibet in the eighth century have had a powerful impact on our development. Last month marked the 60th anniversary of our life in exile. I would like to take this opportunity to express the Tibetan people's immense gratitude to the Government and people of India. It is due to India's consistent generosity and kindness to us that we have been able to preserve our ancient cultural heritage in exile.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Ivanka Trump congratulates Modi on Twitter

  • 17:53 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

    Union Cabinet passes resolution to dissolve the 16th Lok Sabha


    President Ram Nath Kovind is now expected to dissolve the present Lok Sabha, the term of which is ending on 3 June. The process to form a new House will be initiated when the three Election Commissioners meet the President in the next few days to hand over the list of newly-elected members.

  • 17:46 (IST)

    Rajasthan Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    NOTA outperforms CPI, CPM, BSP in Rajasthan

    Around 3.27 lakh voters opted for the NOTA option in the Lok Sabha polls in Rajasthan. NOTA even outperformed some of the parties such as the CPI, CPM and the BSP, with CPI's vote share being 0.14 per cent, CPM 0.20 per cent and the BSP 1.07 per cent.

    The maximum number of voters who opted for NOTA were in Banswara (29,962), followed by Udaipur (28,179), Jalore (17,714), Chittorgarh (17,528) and Bhilwara (17,418).

  • 17:42 (IST)

    West Bengal Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    Mamata calls meeting of TMC MPs, party leaders


    Mamata Banerjee has called an ermergency meeting of leaders of her party on Saturday at her residence. "Our party supremo will be meeting victorious candidates as well as those who lost the polls. District presidents and other senior leaders will also be present at the meeting. We will discuss the elections results and take stock of both our weaknesses and strenghts," a senior TMC leader told PTI.

    Speaking about the BJP's surge in West Benhal, he said, "The results came as a rude shock for all of us. We couldn't anticipate such a mandate against us. We need to recitify the mistakes and reach out to the masses before it is too late."

  • 17:17 (IST)

    Union Cabinet meeting begins at Parliament

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Ministers begin arriving at the Parliament for the last Union Cabinet meet

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

    Narendra Modi responds to congratulatory messages from leaders around the world

    US
    : PM Modi tweeted to US Vice-President Mike Pence, "This is a victory of democracy, which India and the US cherish. I will continue to promote our partnership with the US for peace and shared prosperity for our two countries and the world."

    Britain: Modi also thanked Britain's former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. "I wholeheartedly reciprocate the sentiment to further strengthen the strategic partnership between India and the UK for the benefit of our people."

    Nigeria: "Thank you President @MBuhari @NGRPresident for your wishes. India-Nigeria relations have grown from strength to strength in the last few years. And, I am committed to continue working with you to further enhance our bilateral ties," PM Modi tweets.

    Malta: The PM thanked Prime Minister of Malta Joseph Muscat saying: "We had useful discussions during our meeting at VGS2019. I look forward to working with you to further strengthen our cooperation."

    Indonesia: Modi responded to president Joko Widodo saying, "Both our countries share a longstanding relationship of goodwill and mutual trust. We will keep working closely on common priorities and challenges."

    Afghanistan: The PM thanked Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan. "Thank you @afgexecutive for your kind and warm wishes. We will continue to strengthen bilateral strategic partnership with Afghanistan," he tweeted.

    Madagascar: "Thank you President @SE_Rajoelina. I am looking forward to working closely with you for closer bilateral ties between India and Madagascar which will also help in advancing peace and prosperity in the Indian Ocean region."

    France: "Thank you my friend, President @EmmanuelMacron for your good wishes. I reaffirm my commitment to further strengthen the Strategic Partnership between India and France. I look forward to our meeting soon," the PM said.

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Narendra Modi responds to congratulatory messages

    Canada
    : Modi responded to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by saying, "People of India have reposed their faith in democracy and development. India will work with our valued partner Canada for benefit of our citizens, and for world peace and prosperity."

    Saudi Arabia: "Thank you, Your Majesty @KingSalman and Your Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for heartfelt greetings. India cherishes deep-rooted and multi-faceted ties with the Kingdom. Look forward to further enhancing our relations for the benefit our citizens," Modi tweeted.

    Russia: "Thank you @KremlinRussia, and my dear friend, for your warm greetings. Your support for taking our special and privileged strategic partnership to new heights is invaluable. I look forward to our meeting soon," Modi responded to Vladimir Putin's wishes.

    Nepal: PM Modi thanked former PM Baburam Bhattarai and said, "India and Nepal share close and friendly relations. We are committed to further strengthening and deepening our bilateral cooperation and people to people ties."

    Burundi: Responding to Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza's congratulatory tweet, Modi said, "Thank you President @pnkurunziza for your warm message. I look forward to working with you to strengthen the ties between India and Burundi for development and prosperity."

    Zimbabwe: "Thank you President @edmnangagwa. I am committed to continue working with you to strengthen the special relationship between India and Zimbabwe," PM Modi said.

    Republic of Ghana: "Thank you President @NAkufoAddo. I am looking forward to working together for the success of both our countries," the PM said.

  • 16:41 (IST)

    West Bengal Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    Mamata Banerjee is a vindictive woman, says BJP MP from Barrackpore


    BJP's Arjun Singh, who got elected from Barrackpore called chief minister Mamata Banerjee a vindictive woman. "If you are with her your are right, if you're not with her you're wrong. She knew if I leave it will be a big setback for her and it is evident. That is why she has resorted to violence," Singh said.

    ANI

  • 16:25 (IST)

    Maharashtra Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    Elected Shiv Sena MPs meet party chief Uddhav Thackeray at his Bandra East residence in Mumbai. the party won in 18 of the 48 constituencies in Maharashtra under the BJP-Shiv Sena combine.

  • 16:22 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    Newly elected NDA MPs to meet tomorrow at 5 pm.

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Madhya Pradesh Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    Worrying that someone who glorified Godse won, says Digvijaya Singh


    At a press conference in Bhopal, Digvijaya Singh congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his party's win in the Lok Sabha polls. "I accept defeat but it is worrying that Pragya Singh Thakur, a person who glorified Nathuram Godse, won. I will try my best that the promises we made are implemented by the elected government too," he said.

    He also said, "In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, BJP said it will cross the 280 mark and it did. This time, they said they will cross the 300 mark and they did. How is it that they know how many seats they will win even before votes are cast?"

  • 16:02 (IST)

    Karnataka Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

    DMK Parliamentary Committee meet to be held the party headquarters in Chennai at 5 pm tomorrow, reported ANI.

  • 15:57 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 Latest Updates

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call on President Ram Nath Kovind later today. Modi had called upon veteran BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi at their residences earlier today.

  • 15:40 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

     

    Resignations pile up on Rahul Gandhi's desk after poll defeat; at least 3 states' incharges offer to quit

    After facing a crushing defeat in most states, heads are expected to roll in Congress rank and file. While media speculation about Rahul Gandhi's resignation continues despite Surjewala's clarification, at least three state incharges have offered to resign claiming moral responsibility for the poll defeat.

    First, owning moral responsibility for the rout of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, state Congress President Raj Babbar has reportedly sent his resignation to Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The Congress could win only one seat (Rae Bareli) in the state and Rahul Gandhi lost Amethi to Union Minister Smriti Irani. Raj Babbar also lost the Fatehpur Sikri seat that he contested. He lost the seat to Raj Kumar Chahar of BJP by a margin of over four lakh votes.

    Congress' Karnataka campaign incharge HK Patil has also ffered to quit after BJP had a near walkover in the southern Indian state governed by a Congress-JD(S) government. The latest addition to the list is Congress' Odisha incharge Niranjan Patnaik.

  • 15:21 (IST)

    Karnataka Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

     

    Sumalatha Ambareesh's supporters clash with JD(S) workers post Independent leader's win

    Clashes broke out between supporters of Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, who was backed by the BJP, and JD(s) workers in Maddur Taluk in Karnataka. Two of her supporters -- Shashidhar and Kumar -- were reportedly attacked with beer bottles and knives. The injured have been taken to the hospital and a case been registered in Maddur.

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Karnataka Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

    Won't let BJP sabotage alliance, says G Parameswara 

    Congress leader G Parameswara told reporters today that all Congress MLAs met Siddaramiah to assert that they remain committed to continue the alliance under the leadership of HD Kumaraswamy. He said that the two parties will foil any attempts by the BJP to destabalise the government. 

  • 14:45 (IST)

    Karnataka Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

     

    Day after result, Congress-JD(S) govt shrugs off poll rout as 'referendum for Central government '

    "The mandate won't effect the Congress-JD(S) alliance in state because these were national polls and had nothing to do with the state government's performance," G Parameswara, Congress leader and deputy chief minister of Karnataka told reporters after the state government called an 'unofficial cabinet meet' to assess the poll drubbing. 

    It is noteworthy that with the BJP dealing a hammer blow, Congress and JD(S) managed to win only one seat each; JD(S) patriarch HD Deve Gowda also lost elections. 

  • 14:28 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

     

    Union Cabinet of 16th Lok Sabha to meet one last time today

    The Cabinet and Union Council of Ministers are scheduled to meet on Friday evening to pass a resolution, recommending the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. "The Cabinet and Union Council of Ministers will meet this evening," government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar wrote on his Twitter handle.

    He said the dates for the swearing-in ceremony of the Prime Minister and Union Council of Ministers are yet to be decided. "The dates for the swearing-in ceremony and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visits to various parts of the country are yet to be decided," he wrote. 

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election result 2019 latest updates

     

    Narendra Modi-led BJP crosses 300 mark alone, leads on lone seat where counting continues

    Narendra Modi-led BJP has secured 302 seats alone in the 542-seat election. At 02.12 pm, the party was also leading on the last seat where counting was still underway.

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election winner 2019 latest updates

    BJP's Ravi Kishan wins Gorakhpur seat by a three-lakh margin 

    Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan won by a three-lakh margin in Gorakhpur, a seat which was won by chief minister Yogi Adityanath in 2014 Lok Sabha election. "This is a victory of the truth", he said.

    Considered to be a prestige seat for the BJP, Adityanath had been a five-time MP from Gorakhpur since 1991.

  • 13:52 (IST)

    Kerala Lok Sabha election winner 2019 latest updates

     

    Despite polarising Sabarimala campaign, lotus fails to bloom once again in Kerala

    The hopes of the BJP-led NDA to ride piggyback on the Sabarimala women entry issue came a cropper in Kerala, with the front failing to open its account once again in the state. The BJP and other right outfits had spearheaded intense protests against the implementation of the 28 September apex court verdict permitting women of menstrual age into the Lord Ayyappa Temple in Sabarimala, hoping it would pay rich dividends in the Lok Sabha elections.

     
    The front had expectations in 3 constituencies- Thiruvananthapuram, Pathanamthitta and Thrissur-, besides hoping to increase its vote share in a handful of other segments. However, a defeat of party veteran Kummanam Rajasekharan to Congress's incumbent MP Shashi Tharoor in Thiruvananthapuram by a margin of nearly one lakh votes led to disappointment among the BJP cadre.
     
     
    BJP general secretary K Surendran, who led the Sabarimala protests against changing temple traditions, also suffered a defeat in Pathanamthitta, ground zero of the Lord Ayyappa Temple agitation. He was pushed to third position with over 2.97 lakh votes behind Congress-UDF nominee Anto Antony and CPI(M)-LDF candidate Veena George.
     

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha election winner 2019 latest updates

     
    After historic poll win, Narendra Modi to visit Varanasi on 28 May

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit his Lok Sabha seat Varanasi on 28 May and on 29 May he is likely to visit his home state Gujarat. The Prime Minister is expected to take oath for his second term on 30 May, News18 reported. The prime minister's visit to his constituency and home state will come after he lead his party to become the first after Nehru-led Congress to come back to power with a bigger mandate than the first time. 

  • 13:37 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election Results 2019 latest updates

     

    After Raj Babbar, Karnataka Congress leader HK Patil offers to quit due to poll drubbing

    After facing a crushing defeat in most states, heads are expected to roll in Congress rank and file. While media speculation about Rahul Gandhi's resignation continues despite Surjewala's clarification, at least two state incharges have offered to resign claiming moral responsibility for the poll defeat. First, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar offered to quit from his post after Congress failed to retain even the Gandhi pocket borough Amethi. Now Congress' Karnataka campaign incharge HK Patil has offered to quit after BJP had a near walkover in the southern Indian state governed by a Congress-JD(S) government.

  • 13:37 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election Results 2019 latest updates

     

    Songs of dissent: Congress leader criticizes party strategy to run anti-Modi campaign 

    Congress leader and son of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Anil Shastri, has blamed the "excessive negative campaign” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the grand old party’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. 

    Speaking with News18, Shastri said the ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogan was rejected by the masses. "The Congress failed to address public issues and the ‘Chowkidar chor hai’ slogan was not accepted by people of the country. Excessive negative campaign against the Prime Minister has not gone down well with the public,” he said. 

    However, Shastri refrained from commenting on the sorry performance of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi as the opposition leader, saying: “I have not said anything against the party leadership and I maintain that.”

    Read more here

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Gujarat Lok Sabha election winners 2019 latest updates

    BJP's CR Patil wins Navsari seat by 6.89 lakh votes; dozen saffron party MPs in five-lakh-margin club

    Two-time BJP MP CR Patil came close to surpassing the all-time victory margin in Lok Sabha polls as he won the Navsari seat in Gujarat by garnering 6.89 Lakh more votes than his rival — the highest margin in 2019 polls. In Vadodara, BJP Ranjanben Bhatt won by 5.87 Lakh votes while in neighbouring Surat Darshana Vikram Jardosh won by 5.48 lakh votes. 

    Modi, on the other hand, managed to improve his victory margin. He defeated his nearest rival Shalini Yadav of Samajwadi Party in Varanasi by a margin of 4.79 Lakh votes. His Man Friday BJP president Amit Shah won his maiden Lok Sabha election by a huge margin of 5.57 Lakh votes from Gandhinagar, bettering senior party leader LK Advani's margin of 4.83 Lakh votes in 2014.

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election winners 2019 latest updates

    Asaduddin Owaisi questions Congress' supremacy in possible Opposition alliance 

    "BJP's onslaught was stopped wherever there were regional parties against it. BJP won 177 out of 300 seats where Congress was against them, after this result if someone says that they alone have the right to rule the country or defeat BJP, I don't think it has any value" Asaduddin Owaisi told ANI. 

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Lok Sabha election winners 2019 latest updates

    Poll data shows pro-incumbency mandate; BJP managed to retain 81% old seats while making new forays  

    The Bharatiya Janata Party has managed to retains 81.8 percent seats that it won in the 2014 elections, an analysis of the data shows. This is despite the party facing a consolidated Opposition in key states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Maharashtra. Additionally, the party also managed to make ney forays; it upped its seat tally in West Bengal, Karnataka, Odisha and Telangana.  

  • 13:36 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

     

    BJP improves vote share in 11 states, NCT of Delhi

     

    Analysing BJP's resurgent win, we found that the party has managed to increase its vote share at least 11 states and the National Capital Territory of Delhi. 

    • West Bengal: 40.21% -- up from 16.34% in 2014 
    • Haryana: 57.98% -- up from 34.74% 
    • Jharkhand: 50.72% --- up from 40.11% 
    • Uttar Pradesh: 49.54% - up from 42.32% 
    • Karnataka: 51.38% -- up from 43.01% 
    • Delhi: 56.55% -- up from 32.19% 
    • Chhattisgarh: 50.07% --- up from 32.97% 
    • Himachal Pradesh: 69.11% --- up from 53.35% 
    • Madhya Pradesh: 57.98% -- up from 41.02% 
    • Rajasthan: 58.47% -- up from 38.77% 
    • Uttarakhand: 60.76% -- up from 46.51% 
    • Gujarat: 62.21 – up from 49.05% 

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    Key takeaways from 2019 Election Results

     

    • BJP recorded its highest vote share in Surat at 74.5 percent
    • Not a great a day for regional parties, especially after three AAP candidates lost deposits in Delhi 
    • BJP's outliers are Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh

  • 12:08 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    Congress cross double digit only in Kerala; Stalin scores 100% by winning all 23 seats in Tamil Nadu

     

    According to Election Commission data, Congress has failed to open its account in 20 states. However, India's Grand Old Party managed to secure a double-digit win in Kerala, but that was the only state where the Congress performed well. It was literally routed nationwide. 

    In Tamil Nadu, MK Stalin's DMK recorded a 100 percent strike rate by winning all 23 seats that it contested. 

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    BJP wins 15 seats with vote margin of over 5 lakh

    In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 15 seats with over 5 lakh vote margin. Comparatively, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won 6 seats with over 5 lakh margin. 

    BJP also made a clean sweep in 10 seats and Union Territories, but missed winning all seats in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar by just one seat. 

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Did Sambit Patra win or lose?

    The Election Commission on Friday morning confirmed that senior BJD leader Pinaki Mishra defeated BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra by 11,714 votes to win the Puri Lok Sabha constituency. Patra lost to Mishra by a narrow margin — while he won 46.37 percent of the votes, Mishra won with a little more 47.4 percent of the vote share.

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    Narendra Modi, Amit Shah met with LK Advani and MM Joshi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah met up with party's Margdarshak Mandal LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Tweeting about the meeting, Modi said, "Called on respected Advani Ji. The BJP’s successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people." 

    "Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi is a scholar and intellectual par excellence. His contribution towards improving Indian education is remarkable. He has always worked to strengthen the BJP and mentor several Karyakartas, including me. Met him this morning and sought his blessings. (sic)," the prime minister tweeted. 

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Did Mamata Banerjee win?

    64-year-old West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who traditionally fights from the Dakshin Kolkata Lok Sabha constituency, was not in the fray in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, meaning she did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. So, there is no question of personal loss or win. Her party Trinamool Congress, however, bagged 22 seats in Bengal and remained in a very close contest with the Bharatiya Janata Party which made galloping leads in the state compared to their 2014 tally. In 2019, BJP secured win in 18 seats, compared to 2014 when they won only 2. 

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    Strike rate: BJP versus Cong 


    BJP retains 81.8 percent of the seats, while Congress managed to retain 37.2 percent of its seats in the Lok Sabha Elections. 

  • 10:41 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    With over 50% vote share in 224 seats, Modi becomes first PM since Nehru to return to power with a bigger mandate

    According to latest Election Commission figures (see image below), the BJP has won 299 seats, all by itself, and is leading in four seats taking its final tally to 303. In 2014, a Narendra Modi wave had swept the whole of North India to propel the BJP to power at the Centre. The BJP had become the first party in 30 years to win a single-party majority in a Lok Sabha election. The last time was Rajiv Gandhi's overwhelming victory in 1984 Lok Sabha election with the Congress winning 415 seats.

    In 2019, BJP has managed to secure over 50 percent overall vote share in 224 seats (according to latest figures). This is the highest vote share received by the party nationwide in any Lok Sabha election since the party was (re)formed in 1980, The Hindu reports. 

    With 23 May mandate, Modi also becomes the first prime minister to return to power winning a bigger vote share for the party enjoying full single-party majority in the Lok Sabha since Jawaharlal Nehru's victory in 1957 Lok Sabha election. Nehru's Congress improved its vote share by 2.79 percentage points over 1951-52 elections, India Today reports.

  • 10:19 (IST)

    Karnataka Lok Sabha Election Results Latest Updates

    BJP to brainstorm over next course of action in Karnataka, say reports

     

    Steamrolling the ruling Congress-JDS alliance, the BJP Thursday scored a resounding win in Karnataka, bagging 25 out of the total 28 Lok Sabha seats in an outcome that left the one-year old Kumaraswamy government in a tizzy over its stability.

    According to news reports, the BJP will brainstorm over the party's future plan for Karnataka. According to latest EC figures (see below image), BJP has managed to secure a whopping 51.38 percent of the state's vote share, while the Congress and the JD(S), which is in coalition in the state, got 31.88 percent and 9.67 percent respectively. 

    Reflecting the coalition's sorry state,Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge in Gulbarga and former Prime Minister and JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda in Tumkur were defeated by their BJP rivals, making the rout complete. Independent candidate Sumalatha Ambareesh, supported by BJP,won the Mandya seat by 1,25,876 votes in a fiercely fought battle against Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil.

    While 87-year old Gowda was defeated by 13,339 votes in Tumkur against BJP's G S Basavaraj, Kharge suffered the first defeat in his political career at the hands of former party colleague Umesh jadhav, who resigned as MLA and joined the saffron party ahead of the elections, by 95,452 votes.

India Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Updates: After facing a crushing defeat in most states, heads are expected to roll in Congress rank and file. While media speculation about Rahul Gandhi's resignation continues despite Surjewala's clarification, at least three state incharges have offered to resign claiming moral responsibility for the poll defeat.

First, owning moral responsibility for the rout of the Congress in Uttar Pradesh, state Congress President Raj Babbar has reportedly sent his resignation to Congress President Rahul Gandhi. The Congress could win only one seat (Rae Bareli) in the state and Rahul Gandhi lost Amethi to Union Minister Smriti Irani. Raj Babbar also lost the Fatehpur Sikri seat that he contested. He lost the seat to Raj Kumar Chahar of BJP by a margin of over four lakh votes.

Congress' Karnataka campaign incharge HK Patil has also ffered to quit after BJP had a near walkover in the southern Indian state governed by a Congress-JD(S) government. The latest addition to the list is Congress' Odisha incharge Niranjan Patnaik.

"The mandate won't effect the Congress-JD(S) alliance in state because these were national polls and had nothing to do with the state government's performance," G Parameswara, Congress leader and deputy chief minister of Karnataka told reporters after the state government called an 'unofficial cabinet meet' to assess the poll drubbing.

The Cabinet and Union Council of Ministers are scheduled to meet on Friday evening to pass a resolution, recommending the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha. "The Cabinet and Union Council of Ministers will meet this evening," government spokesperson Sitanshu Kar wrote on his Twitter handle.

Narendra Modi-led BJP has secured 302 seats alone in the 542-seat election. At 02.12 pm, the party was also leading on the last seat where counting was still underway.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit his Lok Sabha seat Varanasi on 28 May and on 29 May he is likely to visit his home state Gujarat. The Prime Minister is expected to take oath for his second term on 30 May, News18 reported. 

With the BJP set to return to power, its parliamentary board is expected to meet on Friday evening at the party headquarters where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to make a speech. Meanwhile, the Congress Working Committee will meet up Saturday to look into the possible causes of defeat and deliberate over the party's future strategy.

After facing a crisp defeat in most states, heads are expected to roll in Congress rank and file. While media speculation about Rahul Gandhi's resignation continues despite Surjewala's clarification, at least two state incharges have offered to resign claiming moral responsibility for the poll defeat. First, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar offered to quit from his post after Congress failed to retain even the Gandhi pocket borough Amethi. Now Congress' Karnataka campaign incharge HK Patil has offered to quit after BJP had a near walkover in the southern Indian state governed by a Congress-JD(S) government. The latest addition to the list is Congress' Odisha incharge Niranjan Patnaik.

In 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 15 seats with over 5 lakh vote margin. Comparatively, in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, BJP had won 6 seats with over 5 lakh margin. BJP also made a clean sweep in 10 seats and Union Territories but missed winning all seats in Madhya Pradesh and Bihar by just one seat.

Election Commission released the latest figures from Lok Sabha Election results which confirms that BJP has won 299 seats in total and is leading in four seats. Overall, results for 533 seats have been declared where Indian National Congress has managed to bag 52 seats in total.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah met up with party's Margdarshak Mandal LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi. Tweeting about the meeting, Modi said, "Called on respected Advani Ji. The BJP’s successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people."

"Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi is a scholar and intellectual par excellence. His contribution towards improving Indian education is remarkable. He has always worked to strengthen the BJP and mentor several Karyakartas, including me. Met him this morning and sought his blessings. (sic)," the prime minister tweeted.

According to latest Election Commission figures, the BJP has won 299 seats, all by itself, and is leading in four seats taking its final tally to 303. In 2019, BJP has managed to secure over 50 percent overall vote share in 224 seats. This is the highest vote share received by the party nationwide in any Lok Sabha election since the party was (re)formed in 1980.

With 23 May mandate, Modi also becomes the first prime minister to return to power winning a bigger vote share for the party enjoying full single-party majority in the Lok Sabha since Jawaharlal Nehru's victory in 1957 Lok Sabha election. Nehru's Congress improved its vote share by 2.79 percentage points over 1951-52 elections.

Bharatiya Janata Party is two seats short of hitting the 300-seat-mark. According to latest Election Commission figures, BJP has won on 298 seats, leading in 5 others, taking the total tally to 303. Meanwhile, after Narendra Modi's historic win in 2019 Lok Sabha elections, The Guardian and The New York Times have published scathing opinion editorials criticising incumbent prime minister's divisive politics.

The oped in The Guardian said that the prime minister's second innings at the Centre is "bad for India's soul." In an oped titled The Guardian view on Narendra Modi’s landslide: bad for India’s soul, the paper said, "The world does not need another national populist leader who pursues a pro-business agenda while trading in fake news and treating minorities as second-class citizens."

A report cited data released by the Election Commission of India and said that six out of every 10 voters in Mumbai voted for 'Team Modi' ensuring a clean sweep for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) for a second consecutive term in Mumbai. According to data released by the Election Commission of India, "candidates put up by the saffron allies on the six seats of Mumbai collectively polled more than 58.21 percent (3,033,993 votes) of the total 5,211,432 votes cast in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, bettering its performance from the 2014 polls, when the BJP-Shiv Sena’s vote share stood at 56.11 percent," the report said.

Amid several pro-BJP, pro-Modi and generally political trends on social media, 'Churchgate' was one term trending high on Twitter. A Twitter user pointed out, "Today, if you board a train in ChurchGate and move up north, the first Cong MP that you will find is not before Punjab. (sic)..." The tweet caught on pretty rapidly on the micro-blogging site and saw several RTs and reactions. Another user pointed out, "If you take a train in Bhubaneshwar and go south, you will drown in Indian Ocean before you meet a BJP MP. Travelling roughly the same distance from Churchgate to Punjab. A matter of concern that BJP performed so pathetically in AP and TN (sic)."

A day after Smriti Irani's landslide victory in Amethi, the Union Minister tweeted, "A new morning for Amethi, a new resolution. Thanks Amethi..." Meanwhile, the BJP is nearing the 300-mark, the party has won 290 seats and is currently leading in 13 seats.

On Thursday, Irani quoted a line from a famous poem to assert that nothing was impossible. "Kaun kehta hai aasmaan mein suraakh nahin ho sakta," she tweeted after leading by over 45,000 votes in the seat considered a Congress bastion. Her tweet came immediately after Gandhi conceded defeat and congratulated the minister. The 43-year-old BJP leader took the political hotbed of Amethi by storm after trends indicated that she was heading for a win in the Gandhi-stronghold.

The BJP has won 288 seats so far and is leading on 15, while the Congress has only managed to win on 50 seats and is leading in two others. BJP candidates Gopal Shetty, Poonam Mahajan and Manoj Kotak win Mumbai North, Mumbai North Central and Mumbai North East Lok Sabha seats respectively, reported ANI.

The Election Commission is yet to announce results for 45 seats. BJP president Amit Shah tweeted, "A historic day, a historic mandate. Thank you India", after the ruling party broke its 2014 mandate. Bihar was swept, by what most of the media was referring to the 23 May results as the "Modi tsunami", as the BJP made a clean sweep in the seats contested by it in the state while allies JD(U) and LJP, headed by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Ram Vilas Paswan, too, rode the tide and came out with stellar performances.

The Election Commission has declared results for 402 out of the 542 seats that went to polls during the general election.The BJP has won 246 seats, while the Congress has won 39.  DMK has bagged 16 seats, while Trinamool Congress and JD(U) have bagged 15 each. Ten seats have gone to Shiv Sena, nine each to TRS and BSP, five each to LJSP and YSRC, 4 each to NCP and SP, 2 each to JKNC, SAD, IUML.

US president Donald Trump congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his historic parliamentary election victory.

The Election Commission tweeted that Union minister Rajnath Singh has won from Lucknow, while Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath's son won from Chhindwara. BJP leader Varun Gandhi has won from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh.

According to the Election Commission, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won from Varanasi. Sonia Gandhi has won from Rae Bareli.

BJP president Amit Shah said that Narendra Modi got one of the most historic victories in India since Independence. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi and will address party workers soon.

Smriti Irani tweeted on her victory in Amethi and said, "Nothing is impossible."

Congress president Rahul Gandhi conceded defeat in Amethi and said that he respected the mandate of the people. He also congratulated Smriti Irani for her victory in Amethi.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan congratulated Narendra Modi. "I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia," he said in a tweet.

 Pragya Singh Thakur has won from Bhopal against Digvijaya Singh. BJP has won four seats in Karnataka.

BJP chief Amit Shah has reached BJP headquarters in New Delhi. Arriving in a car amid a sea of BJP supporters, Shah was welcomed with flowers and fan fare. Meanwhile, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi reach Rahul Gandhi's residence for the second time in the day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will likely set the agenda for the next five years without losing any time. Modi is expected to meet party workers at the BJP headquarter in New Delhi at 5 pm today. BJP will hold their parliamentary meeting, as they traditionally do, on Thursday evening.

As BJP secured a historic lead of 299, ensuring that if it wins with this mandate it will not need allies to form the government at the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again!" Party president Amit Shah tweeted thanking the country and announcing, "Once Again Modi government."

As Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA inches towards one of the most historic electoral mandate in Independent India, it's prudent to note why did Rahul Gandhi-led UPA manage to fare so poorly. The Congress committed a grave error in choosing Nyuntam Aay Yojana, or NYAY, as its main poll plank instead of unemployment and rural distress. People didn't understand the scheme in the first place with its complex structure. Forget voters, it is doubtful if Congress workers understood it well enough. The scheme sought to assure a minimum income of Rs 72,000 to the poorest 20 percent of India's population. In a country where availing proper income data is still work in progress, it was virtually impossible for the scheme to work. Gandhi's Congress also failed to answer questions on where the money for the scheme will come from.

The BJP, according to trends around noon, is not only the single-largest party but has comfortably breached the 272 mark. The saffron unit is leading in 287 seats as of now and it won’t be a surprise if it pushed the 300-mark on its own. The NDA, at this point, is close to leading in 350 out of 542 seats. The role played by Modi's most trusted general — Amit Shah — will not go unnoticed and this time Shah had an added responsibility.

It is risky to speculate what portfolio Modi might hand over to Shah, given the latter’s propensity to surprise. It is safe however to say that it will be an important portfolio that will help achieve the goals of Modi 2.0. As party president, Shah has already proved his administrative acumen and such a job might be a promotion that matches his bigger stature in the party and in national politics.

YS Jagan Reddy likely to be sworn-in on May 30 subject to technical clearances, senior YSR Congress leader Ummareddy Venkateswarulu was quoted as saying. Jagan is set to sweep the elections in Andhra Pradesh, with a perfect 10/10 victory in the Lok Sabha elections and a whopping 147 of the state's 175 Assembly seats. The majority mark in the state assembly stands at 88.

Even before the Election Commission numbers made any official announcements about winners for Lok Sabha elections, Sri Lanka's prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Narendra Modi saying, "We look forward to working closely with you."

The BJP-led NDA is leading in 38 seats of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar while the RJD is leading in two seats, according to Election Commission trends. The BJP and JD(U) are leading in 16 seats each while the LJP is leading in six seats. The RJD, a 'mahagathbandhan' constituent, is leading in two seats of Jehanabad and Pataliputra. Prominent NDA faces who are leading include- Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad (Patna Sahib), Radha Mohan Singh (Purvi Champaran), Giriraj Singh (Begusarai), RK Singh (Ara), Ashwini Kumar Choubey (Buxar). Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Saran), Chirag Paswan (Jamui), Ram Vilas Paswan's brother Pashupati Kumar Paras (Hajipur) are also among the NDA candidates who are leading.

In 2014, one of the few states to have thwarted the saffron wave was West Bengal, where Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress bagged 34 out of 42 seats. Five years have passed. Going by early trends on counting day, Narendra Modi has not only managed to engineer another 'wave' election in his favour but this time he has done even better. According to trends projected by Firstpost at the time of writing, the BJP has roared into double figures in the state and is hot on the heels of the ruling party.

The saffron outfit is leading in 15 seats, the TMC is ahead in 25 while Congress is ahead in two. Remember that in 2014 amid nationwide Modi wave, the BJP could win only two seats in Bengal. NDTV paints an even more optimistic figure for BJP. Around 11am, roughly three hours into counting, the NDTV website shows BJP ahead in 17 seats while the TMC is ahead in 22.

A quick research based on data from the official Lok Sabha website showed that if the BJP is voted for a repeat term, which according to the early trends look extremely possibly, and with a full majority — then this victory will be a bigger milestone than 2014. If Modi returns to power with a full majority on 23 May, it will be for the first time in 48 years that an incumbent prime minister and his party return to power with a full majority. The last time this happened was in 1971, when Indira Gandhi led the Congress (R) to victory with a full majority after having done the same in 1967 (for the united Congress).

Sensex hits 40,000 mark for the first time ever, rallies nearly 900 pts, while Nifty crosses 12,000 as BJP takes a decisive lead in the Lok Sabha election results. The markets were buoyant with indices hitting new high as early trends showed BJP-led NDA leading in 340 seats. BSE Sensex rallied over 900 points while the NSE Nifty soared over 270 points to hit their respective record highs in early trade Thursday, as counting of votes for the Lok Sabha election began.

The Narendra Modi wave has swatted away any challenge posed by the Congress or the united opposition as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to improve on its humongous 2014 tally to attain a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha once again. The BJP is currently ahead on over 280 seats, with the partners in NDA pushing the total tally to over 340 seats, leads show as results of the general elections pour in. Key states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Mumbai look all set for a saffron sweep based on initial trends as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks set for a second term.

Most of the exit polls had indicated a pro-incumbency wave and projected that the BJP-led NDA will comfortably cross the magic mark of 272 seats to form the government. According to the early trends, BJP-led NDA will comfortably cross the 300-mark. Trends showed that BJP is leading in 288 seats, while NDA is leading in 341. Comparatively, UPA is trailing with lead only in 92 seats while Congress has been able to secure leads in 54 seats.

In the first hour of counting, early trends show NDA is zooming past UPA with leads in 336 seats. Malegaon terror accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur is leading by over 8,000 votes in Bhopal. Congress' Digvijaya Singh is in second position. In Guna, sitting Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia is trailing BJP's Krishna Pal Singh. Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath Singh's son Nakul Nath, who is contesting on a Congress ticket, is leading Chhindwara by over 6,000 votes. In Indore, a seat previously represented by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, BJP's Shankar Lalwani is leading by over 18,000.

Early trends for all 20 seats in Kerala are in and according to News18 all trends show UDF leading in Kerala. The analysts had felt that the Sabarimala row will affect the voter-bank for the UDF-led government in Kerala, however, early trends show that the issues haven't had the effect that analysts predicted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA has taken an early lead in over 200 seats as Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Mumbai are all set to go in the BJP camp based on initial trends. BJP candidate K Surendran has wrested lead in Pathanamthitta, one of the two seats on which BJP has pinned hope to open an account in Kerala. Kummanam Rajashekharan, the party candidate in the other seat in Thiruvananthapuram is trailing in the third position.

According to the early trends as EC began counting of votes, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance has taken an early leap ahead of its competitors. As counting of votes for the general elections results gathers pace across the country, trends show BJP's Babul Supriyo leading in Asansol constituency of West Bengal; Digvijaya Singh, who was initially leading from Bhopal, is now trailing and BJP's Sadhvi Pragya is now leading.

As of 8.45 am, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is leading from Wayanad but trailing in Amethi; Smriti Irani is leading in Amethi; Amit Shah leading in Gandhinagar; Sunny Deol, who recently joined BJP, is leading in Gurdaspur; and Shashi Tharoor is trailing in Thiruvananthapuram.

According to latest trends in the first half an hour of counting, BJP is leading in Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is leading from Lucknow and Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is leading from Wayanad seat.

The Election Commission of India begins counting of votes in 542 parliamentary constituencies across India. Results are expected only by late evening, EC confirmed. According to latest reports, Rajnath Singh is leading from the Lucknow parliamentary constituency while Shatrughan Sinha's wife Poonam Sinha is trailing.

The Election Commission deployed 200 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) in West Bengal, in addition to the 82 companies already present in the state, to ensure security at the counting centres and check any post-poll violence when the exercise is taken up. The votes will be counted at 58 counting centres with around 25,000 counting personnel at 78,799 polling stations spread over 294 Assembly segments in West Bengal. The Election Commission will start counting votes in less than 10 minutes, i.e, by 8 am.

Buoyed by exit polls predicting a sweeping victory for the BJP in Delhi, the party's unit has already ordered delicacies like 'motichoor cakes' and 'kamal barfis', a day before counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls on Thursday.

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari, asserting the party's victory on all seven Lok Sabha seats in the national capital, said 350-kg of fine quality "ladoos" have been ordered for celebrations at the central office on DDU Marg and the Delhi unit's office on Pant Marg.

The Election Commission of India will start counting of votes for the seven-phase Lok Sabha Elections today (23 May, Thursday) at 8 am, bringing the curtains down on a bitterly-fought election. BJP's star candidate Tejasvi Surya, who contested the Lok Sabha election from Bangalore South, a seat that the party has held since 1991, said that he is confident of a win. The 28-year-old lawyer is a poster-boy for the saffron party: he is the state general secretary for the Karnataka BJP’s youth wing and also a party spokesperson.

Most of the exit polls have predicted that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the ruling party at the Centre, is on course to retain power for a second term, riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma like the way he swept to power in 2014.

However, the Opposition parties, including Congress, have trashed results of the exit polls, claiming that the BJP will suffer severe drubbing due to rising unemployment, farm distress and slowdown in the economy.

The voting was staggered between 11 April and 19 May in which around 67 percent of the nearly 900 million eligible people exercised their franchise to elect 542 members of the Lok Sabha (polling in Vellore constituency was cancelled on the grounds of excessive use of money power) from a total of 8,049 contestants.

In the 2014 elections, the BJP won 282 seats while the Congress had suffered a severe drubbing, getting an all-time low of 44 seats as against 206 it won in 2009.

From 'chowkidar chor hai' and 'bhrashtachari no. 1' to 'khaki underwear', acerbic remarks ruled the roost this election season, making it one of the most bitterly-contested parliamentary polls post-Independence.

 India Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Updates: President Ram Nath Kovind accepts PMs resignation; counting over in all constituencies

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Election Commission officials said the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha elections will begin at 8 am on Thursday and results are expected only by late evening.

For the first time in Lok Sabha polls, the EC will tally vote count on Electronic Voting Machines with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in five polling stations in each Assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency.

It will effectively mean that out of nearly 10.3 lakh polling stations, the EVM-VVPAT matching will take place in 20,600 such stations.

In case of a mismatch, the results based on paper slip count will be considered as final.

The entire exercise of EVM-paper trail machine matching will take an additional four to five hours, EC officials said.

The Opposition parties on Tuesday raised concerns over reports of alleged tampering of EVMs and asked the Election Commission to ensure transparency in counting.

EC officials said the voting percentage of 67.11 this time was the highest ever voter-turnout in Indian parliamentary elections.

They said as per procedure, postal ballots would be the first to be counted.

The number of service voters stands at 18 lakh and these include personnel of the armed forces, central police force personnel and state police personnel who are posted outside their constituencies.

Diplomats and support staff posted in Indian embassies abroad are also counted as service voters.

Out of the 18 lakh registered voters, 16.49 lakh have sent their postal ballots to their respective returning officers as on 17 May.

The exercise of counting postal ballots manually will itself take a couple of hours at least, an EC official said.

Out of the 543 Lok Sabha seats, elections were held in 542 constituencies as the EC had cancelled polls to the Vellore constituency on the ground of excessive use of money power.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several Union ministers, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav are among key leaders who contested the polls.

A day before counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls, the Union Home Ministry alerted all states and Union Territories on the possibility of violence in different parts of the country, saying calls were given in various quarters for inciting violence.

In a statement, the ministry also said it has asked the states and UTs to maintain law and order, peace and public tranquility.

"The home ministry has alerted the state chief secretaries and directors general of police regarding possibility of eruption of violence in different parts of the country in connection with the counting of votes tomorrow," the statement said.

The ministry said the states and UTs have been further asked to take adequate measures for the security of strong rooms and venues of counting of votes.

"This is in the wake of calls given and statements made in various quarters for inciting violence and causing disruption on the day of counting of votes," it said.

The central security agencies have received inputs that some organisations and individuals, particularly in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Tripura, have given certain statements which may lead to violence and disruption in counting process, an official said.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: May 24, 2019 20:57:13 IST