The Election Commission of India will start the counting of votes for the 17th Lok Sabha elections on May 23, 2019 (Thursday) at 8 PM IST. The results will be beamed live on all TV networks like NDTV, CNN-IBN, NewsNow, Aaj Tak, and India Today. The results are expected to show clear trends by 12 Noon.
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Exit polls from the three states in the Hindi hinterland point out that the BJP has made over the losses it sustained in the assembly elections only three months back.
Madhya Pradesh is one of the critical states for the saffron brigade, and its shock defeat in the assembly elections led it back to the drawing board. While the BJP started pressing the right buttons, the Congress got it all wrong.
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Wooing the upper caste votes
The upper caste factor is essential in the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chattisgarh, and they have traditionally supported the BJP. However, statements of former MP CM, Shivraj Singh Chauhan that no one can stop reservation to the backward class angered this critical section of the BJP support base. Realizing this, the central government quickly brought the reservation bill for the economically weaker part of the society and helped to bring the upper caste votes in their favor once again.
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Overconfidence proved Congress’ folly.
Before the elections to the three assemblies, Rahul Gandhi was never rated high by any opposition leader, especially firebrand leaders like Ms. Mamta Bannerjee and Chandra Babu Naidu. Things, however, changed after the assembly elections and the press which wrongly fed the public information that finally there is someone who can take on PM Modi head on. This even though the margin of victory was skinny for the Congress and the BJP had a higher vote percentage than the Congress.
Where his predecessors fumbled Modi Succeeded
India to be Saffrom again. All Exit polls are showing a clear victory for BJP led NDA in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This is first time in India that a Non-Congress government is reelected after completing 5 years. #Exitpolls pic.twitter.com/jtns0RiiQz
— ABDUR- (@AR_Dakhil) May 20, 2019
Modi did not repeat the mistakes did by his predecessors by advancing the elections and instead started doing amends after the loss in three assembly states. Bombastic statements by Congress leaders like Digvijay Singh, who has in the past often put the party in tight spots only helped Modi. The communal angle which was nonexistent a few months back was once again brought into sharp focus with the party putting Sadhvi Pragya Thakur who is an accused in the Malegaon blasts against Digvijay Singh who was the biggest propagator of the Hindu Terror theory.