Written By: Kriti Anand
The voting ended on Sunday evening, and the news channels interviewed voters to assess the status of each party. Exit polls by TV channels have predicted a clear majority for BJP-led NDA coalition in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019. The projections show that the BJP will return to power in 2019, but the numbers from every agency differ, ranging from a high of 350 to as low as 242 seats for BJP out of a total of 542 seats. The numbers ranged from a low of 46 seats to a high of 107 for the Congress. The Congress is said to have improved from 44 in 2014 elections this term.
Chanakya and India Today exit polls predict a resounding victory for the BJP-led alliance with over 350 seats, while ABP News-Nielsen and Neta-News X said that the ruling alliance may fall short of gaining a majority at 267 seats and 242 seats, respectively.
All India seats: [542 seats]
Exit Polls BJP Congress Others
TimesNow 306 132 104
Chanakya 350 95 27
India Today 339-365 77-108 79-111
News18 336 82 24
CVoter 287 128 127
ABP-Nielsen 267 127 148
News Nation 282-290 118-126 130-138
Neta-NewsX 242 164 136
India News 287 128 127
Jan Ki Bat 305 124 87
According to the exit polls, the NDA is also seen making gains in Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
The party could see its tally coming down in Uttar Pradesh, where the BJP is contesting against the Samajawadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance and the Congress, while it is predicted to make a clean sweep of 7 Lok Sabha seats in Delhi.
Lok Sabha has 543 elected Members of Parliament.Voting in Vellore being postponed, the polls have conducted for 542 seats in total.
The Congress, along with other regional leaders, are showing little faith in these numbers. “Having waited for almost seven weeks, let us wait for May 23 for the final result. Exit polls have gone notoriously wrong in the past. As far as the error of these polls is concerned, one fundamental error is to give so many seats in saturation states to the BJP, which, according to me, is contrary to all logic,” said senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi.