Modi tipped for big victory in Indian election

At first presser Modi diverts questions to Shah

At first presser Modi diverts questions to Shah

Aligned against the BJP are the main opposition Congress Party, fighting for political revival under its leader Rahul Gandhi, and an array of powerful regional parties.

Exit polls suggest that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are likely to win India's general election.

Lots of it has been spent on social media, with the parties using armies of "cyber warriors" to bombard India's hundreds of millions of Facebook and WhatsApp users with messages. However, he gained ground amid the escalation of the conflict with neighbouring Pakistan.

A strident - and at times violent - Hindu nationalism has become mainstream in the past five years, with increased attacks against minorities, including the lynchings of dozens of Muslims accused of smuggling cows. Counting of votes is scheduled for 23 May.

A safety personnel assessments an identification card of a catholic nun from the Missionaries of Charity as she arrives to cast her vote at a polling station unswerving through the very best possible share of traditional election in Kolkata, India, May maybe well moreover 19, 2019.

The final election round included 59 constituencies in eight states. Voting also took place in the states of Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chandigarh on Sunday.

"People are divided for many reasons".

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In his first appearance at a press conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asserted in opening remarks that the BJP will come back to power with a full majority on its own, but refused to take any questions, citing party discipline.

"If these predictions hold, the BJP will benefit in a big way in that it will have a strong electoral mandate and ample policy space to once again tackle the economic reform plan that it struggled with during its previous term", said Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Washington, D.C. -based Woodrow Wilson Center. Such polls have been getting better over time but still retain a high margin of error, and we should wait till Thursday before coming to final conclusions about who the victors are. The bill, however, eases the path to citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees and Jains - non-Muslims - who have come from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan over decades.

Voters were also up early Sunday in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state, where election workers arranged for drinking water, shade and fans to cool them down.

During the election campaign, Modi played up the threat of Pakistan, India's Muslim-majority neighbour and archrival, especially after the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir on February 14 that killed 40 Indian soldiers. A haphazard implementation of "one nation, one tax" - a goods and services tax - also hit small and medium businesses.

The major opposition Congress celebration and other regional blocs concentrated on the govt.'s economic mismanagement and incapacity to manufacture jobs of their strive and absorb voters.

BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to win anywhere between 287 to 306 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament, called the Lok Sabha, at least four exit polls showed.

The election, which began on April 11, was largely peaceful, with voter turnout in the first six rounds at approximately 66%, the Election Commission said, up from 58% in the last national election in 2014.

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