Exit polls suggest that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are likely to win India's general election. Votes are set to be counted on May 23 and exit polls suggest a better showing for the NDA than what was expected in recent weeks.
The Exit Polls given by various National Agencies indicate that Narendra Modi is coming back for one more term conveniently.
Gandhi questioned the way the election was conducted by the autonomous Election Commission, saying the election schedule was manipulated to help Modi's party.
The opposition Congress party was predicted to double its 2014 tally of 44 seats - a historic low since India's independence in 1947 - but still fall far short of a claim to power.
Even though Modi's party won an unprecedented majority in the 2014 elections, numerous voters see these elections as a referendum to decide the fate of Mr Modi. This is the seat the BJP hopes to win.
In a drastic and unprecedented action, the Election Commission cut off campaigning early in West Bengal on Thursday after days of clashes in the final stretch of the election. Modi is challenged here by the state's chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, who leads the more inclusive Trinamool Congress party and is hoping for a chance to go to New Delhi as the opposition's candidate for prime minister.
India has been holding seven-phased elections since April 19, with 900 million eligible voters.
Republic C Voter's survey revealed that the UDF could grab 15 seats, leaving the LDF with 5 seats and the BJP-led NDA with zero seats.
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Furthermore, Modi rallied support among Hindu nationalists and turned the elections into a fight for national security and for the Hindu-first policy.
"People are divided for many reasons, we have to wait for a final outcome to see who people are voting for". He has adopted a nationalist pitch in trying to win votes from the country's Hindu majority by projecting a tough stance against Pakistan, India's Muslim-majority neighbour and archrival.
Modi faced criticism early on in the campaign for failing to create jobs and for weak farm prices, and analysts as well as politicians said the election race was tightening with the main opposition Congress party gaining ground.
And national security is in the spotlight after a suicide attack by a Pakistan-based militant group killed at least 40 paramilitary police in Indian-administered Kashmir in February.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, the UDF won 12 seats with the Congress winning 8 seats and its ally the IUML winning 2 seats and Kerala Congress (Mani) and RSP winning one seat each.
The Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies estimates that the outlay on this election could top US$7 billion (RM29 billion), making it one of the priciest contests globally - with the lion's share of the spending by the BJP.
A Congress-led government would require a major electoral upset.