Narendra Modi will probably come back to power.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one of India's most powerful and divisive leaders in decades, is loud on Sunday's published exit polls for another five-year term that showed his party was a strong leader.
According to all major exit surveys, Mr. Modi's brand for nationalist Hindu policy, along with his efforts to project a strong image of India abroad, played a good role among the country's 900 million registered voters.
At least seven exit polls released by Indian news organizations on Sunday evening predicted that Mr. Modi's party, the Bharatiya Janata party or BJP and their allies would win at least 280 of the 545 seats in the lower house of parliament. Authorization to elect the next prime minister.
Voters set a turnout record.
Voter turnout involved the history books – the greatest democratic exercise of all time.
In seven phases within 39 days, hundreds of millions of voters nationwide cast ballots in millions of polling stations across densely populated megacities and remote villages.
The turnout also reached a record high with more than 67 percent of voters.
Opposition parties want voting machines to be checked for fraud.
At least 22 opposition parties, including the Congress Party, have submitted an application to the Election Commission to review the results before the final count is released on Thursday. They said that voting machines had been manipulated to protect the B.J.P. The election committee finally rejected this proposal on Wednesday.
Congress Party Chairman Rahul Gandhi expressed skepticism towards the electoral commission on his Twitter account.
When the elections came to an end, dozens of fake polls attributed to news organizations such as the New York Times and the BBC also spread to WhatsApp. A majority of them said a landslide victory for the B.J.P. ahead.
Mr. Gandhi issued a statement calling for party workers to remain "watchful" and alert.
"Do not be discouraged by the propaganda of fake election campaigns," he tweeted.
There has been less violence reported than in the past.
The Indian elections are a massive democratic achievement. However, the elections have never gone smoothly, and this year there have been cases of violence (albeit less than in previous years) and complaints about the establishment, conquest and abuses of electronic voting machines. In a town in West Bengal, rival parties – and Hindus and Muslims – have collapsed –
[ read how the hostility between them smolders. to violence from Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian news media reported that the attackers belonged to a party affiliated to the ruling Bharatiya Janata party. The attackers shot at the officials. It is unclear if anyone has been injured.
An election official was arrested in Faridabad near Delhi after a video appeared on social media in which he tried to influence voters. In Meerut, a north Indian city, a group of men set up tents and distributed binoculars to monitor the storage rooms of the voting machines around the clock. The Indian Electoral Commission said it seized nearly $ 500 million in cash, drugs, alcohol, and precious metals in this election, far more than in 2014.
The vote strengthened Congressional struggles.
Exit surveys indicated that India's once-dominant powerhouse of a political party, the Indian National Congress, would soon return to its former glory.
It is likely that the Congress party made gains because of the disappointment in the economic policy of Mr Modi. Farmers have suffered and Mr Modi has been struggling with rising jobless unemployment rates.
His term was also marked by the rise of Hindu nationalism, which threatened the fragile fault lines of various nations. The Congress Party has long committed itself to embracing India's diverse population, especially Muslims and other minority groups, who have repeatedly alienated themselves from the Modi party.
The party is led by Rahul Gandhi, 48, the scion of the country's most famous political dynasty. His great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru was the first Prime Minister of independent India. Both his grandmother, Indira Gandhi, and his father, Rajiv Gandhi, served as prime ministers and were murdered.
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– Reporting by Jeffrey Gettleman, Russell Goldman, Suhasini Raj, Kai Schultz, Hari Kumar, Ayesha Venkataraman and Sameer Yasir.