Bhubaneswar: Ruling alliance led by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to win a majority in parliament in the mammoth Indian general elections that ended today, most exit polls show.
The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to win 287 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament (Lok Sabha), followed by 128 for the Indian National Congress party-led opposition alliance, C-Voter exit poll said.
According to another poll released by Times Now television, Narendra Modi’s alliance is likely to win 306 seats, a clear majority. The network projected 142 seats for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by the Indian National Congress.
Another TV channel, Sudarshan News, projected 313 seats to the NDA and 121 to the UPA. To rule, a party needs the support of 272 legislators.
One poll by Neta NewsX, however, forecast BJP’s alliance falling 30 seats short of a majority.
Exit polls, which have a mixed record in a country with an electorate of 90 Crore people, were released minutes after India concluded its mammoth seven-phase national elections, which began on April 11.
Votes are to be counted on May 23.