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BJP set to retain power with clean sweep in Lok Sabha election results

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New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday appeared set to retain power as its candidates led in 229 of the 405 Lok Sabha seats from where counting trends were available, leaving the Congress far behind.

Good news for the BJP poured in from almost all parts of the Hindi heartland including Uttar Pradesh, where the SP-BSP alliance was expected to trip its path to victory, and neighbouring Bihar where it is allied with the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and others.

BJP’s Smriti Irani was leading over Congress President Rahul Gandhi in Amethi although the latter was far ahead of his Left rival in Wayanad in Kerala.

Despite losing power last year to the Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP was on the victory path in most Lok Sabha seats in the three states.

 

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The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena were leading 16 seats in Maharashtra while the BJP and its allies had forged ahead in 13 constituencies in Bihar.

Among the BJP leaders who were on the victory lap included Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Maneka Gandhi (Sultanpur) and Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur (Bhopal).

UPA Chairperson and senior Congress leader Sonia Gandhi led in Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party was ahead of others on 3 seats and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in 9.

The TRS was leading in 11 seats in Telangana and the YSR Congress Party in 11 in Andhra Pradesh. The TDP was ahead of others in 5 seats in Andhra Pradesh. The DMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu was leading in 14 seats.

 

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Indeed, the best news for the Congress came from Kerala where its candidates were leading in all 20 Lok Sabha seats. The Left, after initially leading in seven places, slipper to the second spot.

In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress led in 6 seats. Officials on Thursday morning began counting the millions of votes cast in the Lok Sabha elections across the country whose verdict will determine who gets to rule India for the next five years.

Thousands of Election Commission officials began the mammoth exercise in thousands of centres in states and Union Territories amid tight security. Around 67 per cent of the nearly 900 million voters exercised their franchise in the seven-phase elections that began on April 11 and ended on May 19.

Exit polls have predicted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP is most likely to return to power. Election in Vellore in Tamil Nadu was countermanded by the Election Commission.

 

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Officials on Thursday morning began counting the millions of votes cast in the Lok Sabha elections across the country whose verdict will determine who gets to rule India for the next five years.

Thousands of Election Commission officials began the mammoth exercise in thousands of centres in states and Union Territories amid tight security. Around 67 per cent of the nearly 900 million voters exercised their franchise in the seven-phase elections that began on April 11 and ended on May 19.

Exit polls have predicted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is most likely to return to power. The counting began at 8 a.m. as scheduled, with officials first taking up the postal ballots.

A total number of 8,049 candidates were in the race for 542 Lok Sabha seats. Election in Vellore in Tamil Nadu was countermanded by the Election Commission.

 

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Protect constitutional rights in Super Emergency era: Mamata Banerjee

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West Bengal: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has reiterated that the country is going through a period of “Super Emergency” and called on people to protect the rights and freedom guaranteed by the Constitution.

On the International Day of Democracy today (Sunday), let us once again pledge to safeguard the constitutional values our country was founded on. In this era of ‘Super Emergency’, we must do all it takes to protect the rights and freedoms that our Constitution guarantees,” she tweeted.

The Trinamool Congress supremo has time and again said that the country is going through ‘Super Emergency’ under the BJP-led NDA rule at the Centre.

The United Nations General Assembly had in 2007 resolved to observe 15 September every year as the International Day of Democracy to uphold and promote the principles of democracy.

Ms Banerjee has opposed multiple central schemes, including the steep new traffic fines and the Citizens’ list, saying neither will be implemented in Bengal.

She also attacked PM Modi over his visit to the space research agency ISRO to watch the planned touchdown of the Vikram lander on moon.

“Suddenly, today he (Narendra Modi) has gone there (at the ISRO headquarters in Bangalore) … Now for the next four days the issue of Chandrayaan will continue to dominate. As if they (the BJP) have done everything in the country. (As if) they have invented science …” she was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.

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