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Election 2019 LIVE: Exit Poll Elation Leads to Series of Meetings; Before Shah, Fadnavis Calls on BJP Leaders | May 20, 2019, 10:45 PM IST
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Election 2019 LIVE: A day after exit polls predicted a thumping victory for the BJP-led NDA in the Lok Sabha elections, hectic parleys are being seen in the Opposition camp. While top leaders of various parties are holding meetings to discuss post-poll plan, Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said that they would support any alliance that would form the government at the Centre. "We would probably support some party or some kind of combination, whoever forms the government at the Centre and agrees to settle some of the unsettled and long pending issues of Odisha," party leader Amar Patnaik said.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, who has been at the forefront of the efforts to cobble together an alliance to halt the BJP juggernaut, is scheduled to meet his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee apart from other regional leaders. The meeting is the latest amid a series of similar interactions the Andhra CM has had with leaders such as Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav.
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May 20, 2019 10:45 pm (IST)

Visuals of EVMs from Spiti being airlifted to the headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district at Keylong.

May 20, 2019 10:31 pm (IST)

With VVPAT counting to be introduced in this Lok Sabha election, the results on May 23 are likely to get delayed by five to six hours, Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh has said. He said after the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) counting is over, the voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) will be counted as per the Supreme Court guidelines. "Every assembly segment had 200 polling stations and five polling stations will be selected randomly. This will delay the formal results. But trends will be out early. Formal declaration of results will be delayed by five to six hours," Singh told PTI.

May 20, 2019 10:13 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | NaMo TV Goes Off Air After Lok Sabha Polls

In April, after the Election Commission had directed that all recorded programmes displayed on NaMo TV be pre-certified, the Delhi poll body asked the BJP not to air any content on the platform without its certification.

May 20, 2019 9:52 pm (IST)

Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is leading the delegation of Opposition parties meeting the EC tomorrow. 

May 20, 2019 9:47 pm (IST)

Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari today demanded a probe into the death of a Delhi police sub-inspector in Vivek Vihar area, saying society has no place for"goondaism and urban naxalism". The 58-year-old sub-inspector Raj Kumar died after he was allegedly assaulted following a quarrel with a suspected criminal in Shahdara's Vivek Vihar area, officials said. "....Proper enquiry should be conducted and culprits should be punished as Goondaism & Urban Naxalism should have no place in the society," Tiwari tweeted.

May 20, 2019 9:31 pm (IST)

Ram Rajya Going to Come Again: BJP Telangana | Hailing the exit polls which forecast a return of the NDA government, BJP Telangana president K Laxman today said his party would grow in the state in the way it believes it has done in West Bengal. "The results are now in EVMs. Whatever surveys and exit polls say, our party emphatically said on the basis of our activists who work on the ground that we would win over 300 (Lok Sabha seats). Yesterday's exit polls are the beginning. 'Ram Rajya' is going to come again. Exit polls clearly prove that," he told reporters here.

May 20, 2019 9:21 pm (IST)

Hours after the BJP in Madhya Pradesh asked the Congress government to prove its majority and wrote to the state governor for convening a special session of the state Assembly, Chief Minister Kamal Nath today said he was all prepared to go for a floor test. "I have already told them...The BJP is trying it for long. I have proved majority in the House four times in the last five months and I am ready for floor test again," Nath told PTI late evening. He said the BJP was talking about the instability of the Congress-led government as it wanted to save itself from getting "exposed" on its erstwhile corrupt rule.

May 20, 2019 9:06 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Stock Markets, Rupee Rise Sharply as BJP Prepares to Return to Power With Majority

The seven-phase general election, billed as the world's biggest democratic exercise, began on April 11 and ended on Sunday. Votes will be counted on Thursday and results are likely the same day.

May 20, 2019 8:48 pm (IST)

Following poll violence in Bhatpara in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission prohibits an assembly of more than 4 people in the area by imposing Section 144 of the IPC.

May 20, 2019 8:41 pm (IST)

If Cong Loses in MP, Nath Responsible: Shivraj Chouhan | Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan today predicted a clean sweep of the state's 29 Lok Sabha seats by his party and claimed Chief Minister Kamal Nath had asked his ministers to keep their resignations ready in case of defeats in their areas. "If Congress candidates lost on a couple of seats, then Nath could have demanded the resignation of some of his ministers. But if the party is going to get wiped out in MP, then the chief minister himself must be held responsible," Chouhan stressed.

May 20, 2019 8:18 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Will Naveen Patnaik Support NDA? BJD to Vouch for Alliance That Has Best Deal for Odisha

Top leaders of the NDA will are also scheduled to meet over dinner with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah.

May 20, 2019 8:02 pm (IST)

The Trinamool Congress party will be joining the delegation of Opposition parties to meet the Election Commission tomorrow, May 21. Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien from the TMC will be representing the party.

May 20, 2019 8:00 pm (IST)

The NDA today taunted senior RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav over his failure to cast his vote here on Sunday though other members of his family like mother Rabri Devi, sister Misa Bharti, who is contesting from Pataliputra and brother Tej Pratap Yadav exercised their franchise. BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand scoffed the RJD heir apparent saying he stayed away from voting since no member of the family was in the race for the Prime Ministers post and claimed he does not actually accept the leadership of Congress president Rahul Gandhi. 

May 20, 2019 7:41 pm (IST)

AAP's South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha today wrote to the Election Commission today to demand extra security for the strong rooms citing "information" that he has "received from reliable sources" that on the night of May 21 or 22, AAP's "political adversaries may enter strong rooms and tamper EVMs".

May 20, 2019 7:33 pm (IST)

NCP chief Sharad Pawar today took a jibe at PM Modi for his trip to Kedarnath saying that he never saw a PM who ran away to the Himalayas, abdicating his responsibilities. Pawar also slammed the Indian media saying that it has created a sense of anxiety among people. "I have told them, they needn't worry. Those who own the media are trying to portray a different picture. But the true picture will be revealed in 2 days. We hadn't ever seen before today, that the PM goes to the Himalayas, leaving behind his responsibilities in Delhi. We are seeing nautanki since last evening. Nautanki happens in politics as well, and we are seeing it," he said.

May 20, 2019 6:57 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | CPI May Join Opposition if No Party Gets Majority as Exit Polls Paint Dismal Picture for Left

A majority of the exit polls have predicted 14-16 seats for the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala, 4-6 seats for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) and one seat for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

May 20, 2019 6:44 pm (IST)

Andhra Pradesh CM & TDP leader N Chandrababu Naidu meets CM & TMC leader Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata (ANI).

May 20, 2019 6:33 pm (IST)

Maha CM Calls BJP Meeting in State | Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has called the BJP's state core committee meeting later today, at his residence, to take a review of the elections. Several pollsters have shown between mild to strong revival of the Congress and NCP in Maharashtra, which with 48 seats, sends the second-most number of MPs in Lok Sabha after Uttar Pradesh. The News18-IPSOS Exit Poll has forecast 42-45 seats for the BJP and Shiv Sena, while the Congress and NCP combine will win four to six seats

May 20, 2019 6:23 pm (IST)

Just a day after polling ended in the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today sacked SBSP leader Om Prakash Rajbhar from the Cabinet for his outbursts against senior NDA partner BJP. Governor Ram Naik accepted the recommendation and relieved Rajbhar with immediate effect from his post of Backward Class Welfare and Divyangjan Empowerment Minister. "I welcome the decision (to sack me). The decision taken by the chief minister was a delayed one," Rajbhar said. "Had the decision been taken around 20 days ago, it would have been much better." "By taking the decision, he (Adityanath) has proved he does not endorse my war against poverty," he told reporters.

May 20, 2019 6:15 pm (IST)

Glimpses of Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu's visit to Kolkata to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

May 20, 2019 6:01 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Delhi BJP Upbeat After Exit Polls Predict Clean Sweep in Delhi; AAP, Congress Question its Vacity

Most exit polls predicted a sweep for the BJP with some predicting that the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP may draw a blank in Delhi in the Lok Sabha polls whose results will be declared on May 23.

May 20, 2019 5:37 pm (IST)

NDA Leaders to Meet on Tuesday | Days ahead of the announcement of Lok Sabha elections results, top leaders of the BJP-led NDA alliance will meet over dinner on Tuesday where PM Modi and BJP president Amit Shah are expected to be present. The development comes a day after majority of the Exit Polls on Sunday predicted a landslide win for the NDA. Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Lok Janshakti Party head Ram Vilas Paswan are likely to attend the meeting.

May 20, 2019 5:16 pm (IST)

In his bid to unite the Opposition parties ahead of the Lok Sabha elections results on May 23, Chandrababu Naidu arrived in Kolkata to meet West Bengal CM and TMC chief Mamata Bannerjee.

May 20, 2019 4:55 pm (IST)

After the Exit Polls on Sunday predicted a clear majority for the BJP-led NDA alliance and some surprising numbers for the SP-BSP-RLD alliance in Uttar Pradesh, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav met BSP supremo Mayawati on Monday. While some have given an edge to the mahagathbandhan, the others have predicted BJP way ahead in UP.

May 20, 2019 4:40 pm (IST)

BJD leader Amar Patnaik on Monday told ANI that the party "would probably support some party or some kind of combination, whoever forms the govt at the Centre and agrees to settle some of the unsettled and long pending issues of Odisha."

May 20, 2019 4:37 pm (IST)

After the BJP in a letter to the Madhya Pradesh Governor asked to hold a special assembly session, claiming that the Congress government in the state is in minority, BJP leader Rakesh told ANI that they are first focussing on elections and forming government at the Centre. he said that the party isn't discussing whose government will be there in MP.

May 20, 2019 4:22 pm (IST)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote a fresh blog post following the end of the Lok Sabha elections and stressed on how the voter has prioritised "national interest" this time. "If the Exit Polls are read along with the 2014 election results, it would be clear that there is a huge maturing of Indian democracy taking place.  The electorate keeps national interest paramount before exercising a choice on whom to vote for," he said.

May 20, 2019 4:10 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | 'Exit Polls Only Impose Opinion': Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, a Key BJP Ally, Rubbishes Predictions

The AIADMK's participation in the central cabinet can be thought about only after the results are declared, Palaniswami said, adding the true picture will be known on May 23.

May 20, 2019 1:49 pm (IST)

MP Govt in Majority Says BJP in Letter to Governor | After all exit polls indicated that a landslide victory awaits the NDA on May 23, the BJP writes to Madhya Pradesh Governor asking for special assembly session, claiming that the Congress government in minority.

May 20, 2019 1:43 pm (IST)

Union minister Nitin Gadkari says the exit polls are not the "final decision" but indicate that the BJP will once again come to power, riding on the development work done by the NDA government. The senior BJP leader was speaking at the launch of a poster of 'PM Narendra Modi', a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, being released this Friday.

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Election 2019 LIVE: Exit Poll Elation Leads to Series of Meetings; Before Shah, Fadnavis Calls on BJP Leaders
File image of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. (Image: PTI)

While efforts are on in full swing for a non-NDA front, the exit polls seem to have played a dampener of sorts. The results also cast a shadow on a reported meeting between Mayawati and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, with the BSP denying any such interaction was scheduled.

Sources have also said that leaders of all regional parties are in touch with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and none of the possibilities of an alliance are being discarded as of now.

Meanwhile, ally trouble also seems to be plaguing the Bharatiya Janata Party, with Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath sacking disgruntled ally and minister OP Rajbhar from the cabinet. Rajbhar, who had earlier tendered his resignation after a feud over seats, welcomed the decision and said he would continue fighting for his rights.
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