The results for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be declared today. Counting of votes began at 8 am across counting centres set up across India. As per the Election Commission trends, the BJP is well on its way to forming a government at the Centre yet again. More than 8,000 candidates had contested the elections for 542 Lok Sabha constituencies that were held in seven phases. The winners of all seats across the country will be announced today. Stay with us for Live updates on who's leading and who's trailing on each of these constituencies. The list of party-wise and constituency-wise winners will be updated as and when the results are announced.
Among the key candidates leading from their respective constituencies are PM Narendra Modi from Varanasi, BJP chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli, Union Minister Giriraj Singh from Begusarai, Cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir from East Delhi. Congress President Rahul Gandhi is leading from Wayanad but is trailing from his stronghold of Amethi against BJP's Smriti Irani.
The exit polls have predicted a clear majority for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). Poll pundits say that the NDA may get more than 300 seats and return to power at the Centre. The exit polls have predicted about 90 seats for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). Regional parties have been projected to get lesser seats. Catch complete coverage of Lok Sabha And Assembly Elections 2019 here.
While the BJP have called this a clear sign of Narendra Modi returning as the Prime Minister of India, the Opposition has rejected the exit polls. The Congress has asked party workers to not be bogged down by exit poll numbers and stay vigilant outside strongrooms where EVMs have been kept. Meanwhile, Opposition parties have also formed a huddle. While Delhi CM and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal called on Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, reports say NCP chief Sharad Pawar also spoke to YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy.
Voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 took place across the country in seven phases. While the first phase of voting was held on April 11, the final phase polling took place on May 19. A total voter turnout of 67.11 percent was recorded overall. Voting also took place for Assembly Elections 2019 in four states - Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. All eyes are now on who will win both the Lok Sabha polls as well as Assembly elections.