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Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 LIVE: Modi Wave 2.0 Stronger Than 2014, Amit Shah Leads Victory Parade in Delhi

News18.com | May 23, 2019, 4:13 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Election Result 2019 LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards a resounding victory for a second term in office as the BJP has touched the 300 mark on its own while the NDA is at 350 seats, crossing the humongous tally of 2014. The BJP has demolished the combined opposition with the Congress Party stuck at 50 seats, according to the trends. Modi himself won in Varanasi with a margin of over 3.5 lakh votes while party president Amit Shah won in Gandhinagar in their home state of Gujarat by over 4 lakh votes.

In the politically critical state of Uttar Pradesh, where the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party had posed a stiff challenge, the BJP is leading in 59 of the 80 seats at stake. The SP is ahead in seven and BSP in 13. The Congress Party was ahead only in one. Even, Congress President Rahul Gandhi is trailing in Amethi to BJP's Smriti Irani.
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May 23, 2019 4:03 pm (IST)

"The confidence with which people have voted, their dream will come true. Narendra Modi will keep up the belief of people. Gujarat people have kept our faith by giving us chance to service them again," says Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani on election results.

May 23, 2019 3:54 pm (IST)

"Heartiest congratulations to Narendrabhai Modi for steering BJP towards this unprecedented victory in elections. Amitbhai Shah as BJP President and all dedicated workers of the party have put in enormous effort in making sure that BJP's message reaches every voter," said LK Advani on election results.

May 23, 2019 3:53 pm (IST)

PM Narendra Modi extended his best wishes for YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy for his clean sweep in Andhra Pradesh

May 23, 2019 3:52 pm (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Naveen Patnaik and the BJD for securing another win in Odisha.

May 23, 2019 3:51 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi's Decisions Led to Divisions Within Opposition: CPI | Decisions taken by Rahul Gandhi led to divisions within the opposition, CPI national secretary Atul Kumar Anjaan said Thursday and asserted that the policies of the Congress scion opened the doors for Narendra Modi's victory. Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP was set to return to power Thursday as it led in 292 seats while the Congress trailed far behind with 50, according to trends released by the Election Commission for all 542 seats that went to polls. "The BJP fought these elections on the basis of social and religious divisive policies and the agenda was set by them on this basis. "But more significant is the fact that the unity of the opposition has been damaged by the Congress. The policies and decisions of Rahul Gandhi has weakened opposition unity, led to divisions and opened the doors for Modi's victory," the Communist Party of India national secretary said. 

May 23, 2019 3:49 pm (IST)

Amarinder Singh on Congress's Gurdaspur Loss | Upset with Congress candidate Sunil Jakhar's trailing from Gurdaspur, Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh said he is unable to understand how Jakhar's good work wasn't valued. "Sunil is a fine candidate, he had done a lot of work there. This is one thing I didn't understand that people gave preference to an actor than to experience," he said.

May 23, 2019 3:48 pm (IST)

Former IPL commissioner and fugitive Lalit Modi said, "Massive Massive Win!!! This victory is not just by count of votes, it was a count of the number of hearts #pmmodi has won. Congratulations Narendra Modi. India wins again."

May 23, 2019 3:43 pm (IST)

Amit Shah Leaves Advani Behind in Gandhinagar Record Margin | Bharatiya Janata Party national President Amit Shah surpassed the victory margin of senior party leader L.K. Advani as counting entered 22nd round, even as his party was all set to bag all the 26 seats in Gujarat, repeating its 2014 performance. With every vote count almost going into his kitty, Amit Shah had posted a huge margin of more than 5.10 lakh votes over Congress' C.J. Chavda. With this, Shah has left BJP patriarch Advani's 2014 lead of 4.83 lakh votes from the Gandhinagar constituency far behind. (Picture: Amit Shah arrives at BHP HQ in New Delhi)

May 23, 2019 3:39 pm (IST)

Amit Shah at BJP HQ | Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah has arrived at BJP headquarters in New Delhi as the premises wore a festive look with slogans of 'Modi, Modi' rending the air as jubilant workers danced and distributed sweets in celebration.

May 23, 2019 3:37 pm (IST)

"It is the first time in India’s political history that BJP has won 24 seats in south India. My thanks to people of Karnataka for electing BJP candidates in the regions," says Karnataka BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa.

May 23, 2019 3:34 pm (IST)

Celebrations All Around BJP Headquarters | With the BJP set to return to power, the party's headquarters on Thursday wore a festive look with slogans of 'Modi, Modi' rending the air as jubilant workers danced and distributed sweets in celebration. No sooner as the picture emerged about the astounding performance of the BJP, party workers started gathering at the headquarters on Deendayal Upadhyaya Marg atop which the saffron flag fluttered in the air. Many supporters burst crackers in front of the office, others danced and distributed 'ladoos' and slogans of 'Modi, Modi' and 'Jai Shri Ram' reverberated in the air. Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the Bharatiya Janata Party was set to return to power Thursday as it led in over 300 seats while the Congress trailed far behind with 50, according to trends released by the Election Commission for all 542 seats that went to polls. Inside the headquarters, the mood was particularly festive as supporters, which came from far and near, joined in the celebrations as cut-outs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah swung in the air. RSS ideologues and BJP MP Rakesh Sinha, who was present at the headquarters, hailed the results as a "victory of Modi and his vision" and attributed it to a "silent Modi wave".

May 23, 2019 3:31 pm (IST)

Putin Congratulates Modi on BJP's Convincing Victory in General Elections | Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the convincing victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the parliamentary elections and expressed his readiness to work together to build up the full range of bilateral relations. "I am convinced that, as the Prime Minister of India, you will further strengthen the centuries-old friendship between our peoples and the all-round development of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India," Putin said in a congratulatory message.

May 23, 2019 3:28 pm (IST)

"I want to congratulate Prime Minister Modi for this victory. BJP is touching 300-mark for the first time & NDA is touching 350. I also congratulate the party President Amit Shah. It is the result of the development work undertaken by the Centre," says Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.

May 23, 2019 3:23 pm (IST)

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated PM Narendra Modi.

May 23, 2019 3:21 pm (IST)

Dimple Yadav Trails in Kannauj | Samajwadi Party leader and sitting MP Dimple Yadav is trailing in Kannauj constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Dimple Yadav is wife if former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and daughter-in-law of Mulayam Singh Yadav. Kannauj is a Lok Sabha constituency in UP's Doab region. She was contesting against BJP's Subrat Pathak.

May 23, 2019 3:18 pm (IST)

Rupee Hits a New Day's Low | Rupee continues to extend losses in trade; hits a new day's low.

May 23, 2019 3:17 pm (IST)

"I accept people's decision but this is also a fact that people had their doubts about EVMs. Congress had performed really well in Rajiv Gandhi's time, but nobody doubted elections then, same when Atal Bihari Vajpayee won," said NCP supremo Sharad Pawar.

May 23, 2019 3:12 pm (IST)

BJP Leading in 13 Assembly Seats in Arunachal Pradesh | The BJP is leading in thirteen out of 57 Assembly seats in Arunachal Pradesh, while the JD(U) is ahead in three seats, according to the initial Election Commission trends. In the 60-member Arunachal Assembly, the ruling BJP had already won three seats unopposed. Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein is leading by 7291 votes against his nearest rival Khunang Kri of the Congress in Chowkham constituency, Namsai district.

May 23, 2019 3:12 pm (IST)

JD(S) Leaders Meet in Deve Gowda's House | Meanwhile, a meeting of JD(S) leaders is underway at the residence of former Prime Minister and party chief HD Deve Gowda in Bengaluru. The meeting, which is being attended by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Sa Ra Mahesh, KM Shivalinge Gowda and other party leaders, has been called in the wake of the sweeping victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party across Karnataka.

May 23, 2019 3:11 pm (IST)

National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, who is all set to win from the Srinagar Lok Sabha constituency, Thursday expressed hope that the new government at the Centre would do justice with the state and engage in a dialogue with Pakistan to resolve the Kashmir issue. Speaking to reporters at the NC headquarters, Farooq Abdullah thanked his party leaders, workers and the people of Srinagar constituency for their support. He is leading in Srinagar by 67,159 votes over PDP candidate Aga Mohsin. He has bagged 82,166 votes till now. "I thank (NC vice-president) Omar (Abdullah), our party leaders and the people of Kashmir, especially the people of Srinagar constituency - all the mothers, sisters, elders and youth for supporting the NC," he said. "This Parliament will not be easy. There are several important issues with respect to J-K because we have to fight them on their intention to do away with the Article 370 and 35A. Another issue is that they want to divide the Muslims and Hindus in the country; we have to fight that as well," the NC chief said.

May 23, 2019 3:09 pm (IST)

Chinese President Xi Congratulates PM Modi | Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday on his election victory and vowed to work with him to take the bilateral ties to a new height. The BJP was set to return to power Thursday as the partial vote count released by the Election Commission showed that it was leading in 296 of the 542 Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in seven phases, demolishing the combined opposition with the Congress Party stuck at 51 seats. In a letter sent to Prime Minister Modi, President Xi congratulated him on the electoral victory of the NDA under his leadership, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet. In the letter, President Xi noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with Prime Minister Modi to take the closer development partnership between the two countries to a new height. President Xi also expressed satisfaction at the strong momentum of development in India-China relations in recent years with the joint efforts of both the sides.

May 23, 2019 3:06 pm (IST)

EVM Means 'Everyone Voted Modi', Cheers Twitterati | As the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) surged to power, a section of Twitteratti on Thursday created a new acronym for the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) -- "Everyone Voted Modi" -- and made it go viral. "EVM = Everyone Voted Modi for Central and for YS Jagan in Andhra Pradesh," tweeted one user. Another user tweeted: "Yes Narendra Modi Won Because Of EVM (Everyone Voted Modi)."

May 23, 2019 3:05 pm (IST)

"Rahul Gandhi lied about Rafale. Opposition had no credibility. People believe in us. Despite issues like drought, people trust us that we will help them. We will fight the Vidhan Sabha elections too with Shiv Sena," said BJP leader and Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

May 23, 2019 3:00 pm (IST)

Mass EVM Tampering Difficult to Do: US Expert | Mass rigging of India's EVMs is "very difficult" to do as these machines are offline that makes them standalone units, an eminent American expert has said as concerned raised by the Opposition over the possibility of their tampering. Ahead of the counting of votes in India, allegations were levelled by some parties  that EVMs were being changed in the strong rooms in Bihar ad Uttar Pradesh. The Election Commission on Tuesday rejected reports of alleged EVM tampering and asserted that all machines used in the elections are absolutely safe in the strong rooms. "My impression looking at the serious studies is that it (Indian EVMs) is a pretty reliable technology. While no technology is perfect, but in the case of India, because these machines are offline, the only way of tampering with them is actually to physically tamper with the machine," Gelb said in an interview. Gelb, who has mainly done studies on EVMs in neighbouring Pakistan and some African countries, said that his understanding is that mass tampering with machines of the type used in India would be very difficult.   

May 23, 2019 2:57 pm (IST)

BJP sitting MP from Mathura says after the Lok Sabha elections results 2019, PM Modi stands vindicated.

May 23, 2019 2:56 pm (IST)

Japan, China Leaders Congratulate Modi | Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and China's premier Xi Jinping congratulates PM Narendra Modi on landslide victory.

May 23, 2019 2:51 pm (IST)

Supriya Sule-Pawar Scores Hat-trick in Baramati | Supriya Sule-Pawar of Nationalist Congress Party has been declared elected from Baramati Lok Sabha. This is her third consecutive victory. She secured over 650,000 votes, while her Bharatiya Janata Party rival, Kanchan R. Kool, who scored over 493,000 votes. This makes Supriya Sule-Pawar, the daughter of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, the first winner from the 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, the second highest in the country after Uttar Pradesh, in the 2019 elections. However, her nephew Parth Ajit Pawar, was trailing behind Shiv Sena's Shrirang Barne with a margin of over 200,000 votes in the Maval Lok Sabha seat. 

May 23, 2019 2:46 pm (IST)

Incumbent Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who is gearing up to take oath for his second term as PM of India, tweeted to acknowledge the electoral support.

May 23, 2019 2:45 pm (IST)

"People of India stand firmly with BJP and have placed their unwavering faith in the Modi Sarkaar once again. I congratulate Hon'ble PM Narendra Modi ji, a visionary leader who ensured unparalleled development and progress for India in the last five years," said BJP leader and Rajasthan's former chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

May 23, 2019 2:43 pm (IST)

"This win is a victory for the whole of India. This is a triumph for the youth of the country, of the hopes of the poor, the farmer. This grand victory is a triumph of public confidence in Prime Minister Modi Ji's five-year development and strong leadership. I convey my heartfelt greetings to PM Narendra Modi ji on behalf of crores of BJP workers," said BJP chief Amit Shah after election results.

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File photo of BJP president Amit Shah.)

The results are a resounding endorsement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity, his government's achievements in the last five years and his campaign, which centred around national security and nationalism. He also relentlessly attacked the Congress Party for what he called its dynastic legacy, and blamed it for the country's woes. The opposition had criticised the BJP campaign as divisive and polarising.

The Modi wave not only swept through the Hindi heartland and Gujarat, as was expected, but also rippled through West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Only Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana appeared untouched.

In Odisha, the BJP was ahead in nine of the 21 seats and Biju Janata Dal was ahead in 11. In 2014, the BJD had won 20 seats and BJP took one. In Telangana, the Telangana Rashtra Samiti was leading in nine seats, the BJP in four and Congress in three.

In Bihar, the RJD and the Congress have been decimated as both Janata Dal (United) and the BJP were ahead in 16 seats. Another NDA ally, Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP is winning six seats.

As votes for the seven-phase Parliamentary polls were counted on Thursday, the Trinamool Congress Party was leading in 25 of 42 seats of West Bengal while BJP was ahead in 15, up from two it held in 2014. The Left was wiped out in the state, once its citadel.

The DMK was ahead in 20 seats in Tamil Nadu. As the trends came in, pointing to another tenure of Modi as prime minister, celebrations broke out in the BJP's party offices across the country with people dancing to the sounds of drums.

The trends of the ruling party's leads were in sync with the exit polls, most of which predicted that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would be on course to retain power for a second term. In 2014, the BJP won 282 seats, leaving the Congress with an all-time low of 44 seats against the 206 it won in 2009.

The counting exercise is on in over 4,000 counting centres amid concerns raised by opposition parties over alleged tampering of EVMs. They have asked the Election Commission to ensure transparency in counting. Election Commission officials said results are expected only by late evening.

The voting was staggered between April 11 and May 19 in which around 67 per cent of the nearly 900 million eligible people exercised their franchise to elect 542 members of the Lok Sabha from a total of 8,049 contestants. For the first time in Lok Sabha polls, the EC is tallying the vote count on Electronic Voting Machines with voter verified paper audit trail slips in five polling stations in each assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency.
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