Election Results 2019: BJP’s Victory In These States Guarantees Modi 2.0
Eight states have paved the way for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s return to power in the 2019 general election.
His Bharatiya Janata Party is leading in Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, according to Election Commission data. The saffron party has also made inroads in West Bengal.
They contribute nearly 60 percent of India’s total 542 seats. Of the 318 seats in these states, the BJP was leading in 264 as of 6 p.m.
Here’s the list of states that have ensured Modi 2.0:
Latest trends for Bihar show the BJP-JDU alliance ahead in 39 out of 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state while the Congress-led UPA is leading in two seats.
The BJP had joined hands with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal United and Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janashakti Party ahead of the general election. In the 2014 election, the National Democratic Alliance secured 31 seats, of which 22 were won by the BJP. The Congress continued its alliance with Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal.
A tally of four exit polls had suggested that the NDA will see its seat count swell to 34 and the UPA will maintain its current seat share.
The BJP is set to sweep in Modi's home state Gujarat for the second straight time. It's leading in all 26 seats in Gujarat, with a 62 percent vote share. The Congress' vote share is 32 percent.
In 2014, too, BJP had emerged victorious in all 26 Lok Sabha seats.
Trends for Karnataka show the BJP ahead in 25 out of the 28 Lok Sabha seats, while the Congress-JD(S) alliance is leading in two seats.
Four exit polls predicted that the BJP will win at least 20 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats in Karnataka, while ABP-Nielsen expected a neck and neck battle between the saffron party and the Congress-led alliance.
In 2014, the BJP had won 17 seats with a 43.37 percent vote share. The Congress managed to elect only nine MPs despite accounting for 41.15 percent of all ballots cast. The JD(S) bagged two seats with 11.07 percent vote share.
The central Indian state is one of the key states for the BJP. The saffron party had lost the state’s assembly elections last year.
However, it has turned around that setback in the Lok Sabha polls. BJP has a lead in 28 seats, leaving the Congress leading in just a single seat.
Modi’s popularity had helped the BJP win 27 of the 29 seats in Madhya Pradesh in 2014, with the Congress securing only two.
The state’s capital Bhopal is one of the most sought after seats with terror-accused BJP candidate Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur pitted against Congress’ former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh. Thakur is leading by over 40,000 votes.
Latest trends for Maharashtra election results show that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance is leading in 41 out of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state while the Congress and its allies are ahead in five seats. The alliance fell apart during the previous state elections in 2014, with the BJP and Sena contesting separately. They repaired their relationship ahead of the Lok Sabha polls to contest together.
The alliance had won 41 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The BJP-led NDA is leading in all the seats in Rajasthan in early trends—a state where the Congress came to power in 2018 assembly elections.
The desert state witnessed a BJP sweep in 2014. Exit polls had forecast BJP to win 21 of the total 25 seats.
India’s most populous state, with 80 Lok Sabha seats, is also the most crucial. A three-way contest between the BJP, Congress and the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance is currently being dominated by the saffron party.
BJP is leading in 62 seats, while the Mahaghathbandhan is leading in 16 seats. Congress and its allies are leading in only one seat so far. BJP’s Smriti Irani defeated Congress President Rahul Gandhi in the party’s pocket borough of Amethi.
In 2014, the BJP dominated the state winning 71 seats. Even in the assembly election it defeated the Samajwadi Party to pave the way for Yogi Adityanath-led government.
Exit polls predicted a reduced share of the BJP seats, at 52, while the SP-BSP alliance was projected to win 26 seats.
This is one state where the BJP has made the maximum gains. It's leading in 18 seats while Mamata Banerjee’s All India Trinamool Congress is leading in 23. That is an improvement for the BJP which had won just two seats in 2014, with the TMC capturing 34. The Congress has only one lead so far.
The state was marred by violent clashes between the TMC and BJP workers that led to the Election Commission curtailing the campaign period.