As counting is under way in the 542 seats that went to polls in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, it looks like Prime Minister Narendra Modi (profile) and the BJP is set to return to power for the next five years. The Election Commission numbers show that the BJP by itself is leading in over 280 seats. The Congress is leading in 51 seats. It looks like Rahul Gandhi (profile) is set to lose Congress bastion Amethi to BJP’s Smriti Irani. He is, however leading in Kerala’s Wayanad.
As the day progresses, we will find out the future of several big names like Sonia Gandhi, Smriti Irani, Shashi Tharoor (profile) and Akhilesh Yadav. We will also find out whether the film stars who were roped in by both the BJP and the Congress such as Urmila Matondkar (profile), Sunny Deol (profile), Ravi Kishan and others were able to woo voters.
As counting begins we will bring you updates through the day.
Here are the live updates:
5:14 pm: BJP Has Won 12 Seats, Leading In 290
The BJP has now won 12 seats and is leading in 290. The Congress has won 1 seat and is leading in 49.
5:05 pm: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Congratulates Modi
5:01 pm: Sunny Deol Meets Supporters In Gurdaspur
Actor-turned-politician Sunny Deol met supporters in Punjab’s Gurdaspur. This is the first time that Deol contested elections.
4:53 pm: Council Of Ministers Meeting Tomorrow.
Council of Ministers meeting to also be held tomorrow https://t.co/yk4EwNo4CD— ANI (@ANI) May 23, 2019
4:24 pm: Must Accept Result In Gulbarga, Says Mallikarjun Kharge
As he was trailing by over a lakh votes, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said he accepted the verdict...