Mr Modi's main rival is Rahul Gandhi, 48, of the Congress party, the scion of India's famed Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Even as most of the BJP veterans did not fight the election this year, it so seems, that this factor hasn't hurt the party, thanks to the Modi wave.
Modi has been the biggest victim of "political intolerance" and a "few incidents by fringe elements" can not be branded as intolerance against minorities, the senior BJP leader and union minister for minority affairs said in an interview.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi embarked on a spiritual break Saturday to a famous Himalayan pilgrimage site in an apparent last-ditch effort to woo Hindu voters as India's acrimonious marathon election wound to a close. "The party president is everything for us", Modi said.
A number of exit polls also predicted big losses for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won 71 seats in 2014, but is said to win between 22 seats (ABP-Nielsen) and 58 (Times Now).
If the exit poll predictions hold in the actual count of votes on Thursday, it would clearly signal that the political ground in much of India has refused to shift away from the BJP and that the Narendra Modi magic can counter the arithmetic of coalitions.
Voters were also up early Sunday in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state, where election workers arranged for drinking water, shade and fans to cool them down.
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Accusing him of divisive politics during his five-year rule and pointing to rising attacks against minorities, they said the BJP is destroying the idea of a secular nation. "Things are not predictable like before", he said.
The Congress and other opposition parties are challenging Modi over a high unemployment rate of 6.1 percent and farmers' distress aggravated by low crop prices.
During the election campaign, Mr Modi played up the threat of Pakistan, India's Muslim-majority neighbour and arch-rival, especially after the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy in Kashmir on February 14 that killed 40 Indian soldiers.
"PM Modi addressed 142 public rallies, held four roadshows and according to conservative estimates he directly addressed about 15 million people in these rallies", BJP president Amit Shah said Friday.
Pollsters say Modi remains personally popular but his party's overall majority is at risk from a backlash against the government.
They suggested the BJP and its allies would garner between 287 and 336 seats in the parliament, well above the 272-seat threshold for a majority. Of Bengal's 42 seats, CVoter-Republic and ABP-Nielsen have given 11 and 16 seats, respectively, to the BJP, a big improvement on its tally of 2 in 2014.
A Congress-led government will require a major electoral upset.