The Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 will be declared today and as per the current trends, the NDA is leading on over 300 seats. With just over half the votes counted, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies are already looking set for a second term in charge and are leading in over 330 out of 542 seats.
Exit polls predicted that the BJP will win almost as many seats as it did in 2014 and form a government comfortably. The poll of polls, an aggregate of exit polls, gives the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) 302 of 543 seats and the Congress and its allies 122. 67.11 per cent of the 90.99 crore electors had cast their vote in the polls.
Among the key candidates are PM Modi, who fought from Varanasi and Rahul Gandhi, who contested from his stronghold of Amethi and Wayanad in Kerala.
With congratulations pouring in already from world leaders and celebrities alike, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) looks set to cruise to a consecutive victory at the polls. Scroll down for some of the key highlights of the day across news and social media.
Lok Sabha polls LIVE updates
19:19 IST: PM Modi and Amit Shah have entered the BJP office.
18:34 IST: PM Modi removes 'chowkidar' from Twitter handle.
17:55 IST: Respect people's mandate, congratulate PM Modi for his victory: Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi: "I respect the mandate of the people and congratulate Narendra Modi for his victory. I would also like to extend my gratitude to Congress cadres."
15:40 IST: Amethi Election Results 2019 Live Updates: Rahul Gandhi Trails. Smriti Irani Leads
15:40 IST: BJP chief Amit Shah reaches Delhi headquarters, receives grand welcome
15: 36 IST: Rahul Extends Lead in Wayanad By Over 7 Lakh Votes
Congress president Rahul Gandhi leading with over 7,90,000 votes from Kerala's Wayanad.
15:36 IST: Sharad Pawar says people had doubts about EVMs unlike previous elections
NCP chief Sharad Pawar once again cast doubts on EVMs and assured of the Opposition's comeback in next election. “The picture looks highly positive for the Opposition in the next elections. 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," Pawar said on Thursday.
14:53 IST: Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulates PM Modi
China President Xi Jinping has congratulated PM Narendra Modi on the electoral victory under his leadership.
14:47 IST: India wins yet again: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted after his party continued to move ahead leading on over 300 Lok Sabha constituencies. He tweeted: "Together we grow. Together we prosper. Together we will build a strong and inclusive India. India wins yet again! #VijayiBharat."
14:41 IST: "India's Victory," Tweets Amit Shah
BJP chief Amit Shah twetes," This victory is India's victory. This is the victory of the hopes of youth, the poor, and farmers. This massive win is the victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's development and the people's trust in him. On behalf of crores of BJP workers, I congratulate Narendra Modi."
14:36 IST: The BJP continues to lead on all seven seats in the national capital New Delhi with three of its candidates taking the lead by a margin of over 2.4 lakh votes while the Congress and AAP trailed at the second spot in five and two constituencies respectively.
13:03 IST: Omar Abdullah, AAP congratulate PM Modi as BJP continues to maintain lead
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the latter's party continues to maintain the lead in the Lok Sabha Election Results 2019. He tweeted: "So the exit polls were correct. All that’s left is to congratulate the BJP & NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib & Mr Amit Shah put together a winning alliance & a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years." The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), too, has congratulated the prime minister for his party's continuing dominance.
11:59 IST: BJP supporters in Australia's Sydney and Melbourne celebrate
10:53 IST: Ram Buxani, chairman of ITL Cosmos Group in the Gulf on Indian elections
The Indian Election results are as expected. Narendra Modi has been given more time to prove himself further. During his campaign last term, he had many dreams and visions for India. He has just been given more time to achieve this. Modi’s re-election also shows a more stable India. You achieve nothing by changing the government every five years. We are looking at a more stable India today.
For more updates, keep watching this space or search for #LokSabhaelectionresults2019 and #Verdict2019 trending on social media.