The early trends of the Lok Sabha election result 2019 showed a clear majority for the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and allies are set to cross 300 seats, as per the leads
In a repeat of 2014 polls, the BJP is set for a landslide win. The party is currently leading in 288 seats, which is way above the halfway mark of 272. The National Democratic Alliance is leading in over 340 seats.
The Congress that was hoping to dislodge the Modi government, is leading in only 53 seats, whereas its alliance is leading in 89 seats.
The BJP will manage to keep its core states – the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand; Gujarat and Maharashtra – while posting fresh victories in West Bengal, Odisha and the northeast. It has also scored a huge win in Karnataka – a state the Congress rules jointly with JD(S).
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is trailing in Amethi, a seat Congress has not lost in the last three decades, except in 1998. It will be a huge boost for the BJP if its candidate Smriti Irani registers a win against the Congress chief. Gandhi is also contesting from Kerala’s Wayanand, where he is leading.
BJP’s triumph is victory of ‘good work’ over ‘negative politics’: BJP leaders
With the initial election trends suggesting the NDA making huge gains, the BJP leaders Thursday said it unambiguously indicated that the “grammar of politics is under transformation” and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s work has defeated the negative politics of opposition.
BJP’s vice president Vinay Sahasrabudhe said: “Once again people have reposed their confidence in BJP and Modi in a big way. The trends indicate unambiguously that grammar of politics is under transformation” Party’s spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain described the party’s excellent performance as “the victory of the developmental work done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and defeat of negative politics.”
He further said those who thought that by forming coalition based on caste politics they can defeat development, “this is the new era, Modi era, an era of development politics. Whoever will bring development, will win.” The BJP, on its own, was leading in 291 seats much as against its main rival Congress which was ahead in 52 seats in the 543 seat Lok Sabha.