As Lok Sabha elections end, NaMo TV vanishes from all DTH platforms

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2019

Indian shares soared 3.75 percent on Monday - the biggest jump in almost six years - as markets greeted exit polls indicating conservative Prime Minister Narendra Modi secured a new term in a general election.

The exit polls on television channels on Monday projected that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will retain power at the Centre again.

Party sources said Bihar Chief Minister and JD (U) president Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal and Lok Janshakti Party head Ram Vilas Paswan are likely to attend the meeting.

The chief minister also discredited predictions of the exit polls and said they are "being used to create an impression that there is still a Modi wave in the country".

There were others who questioned the agendas of the election campaigning that preceded the polls, and some could not hide their despair. The clear picture for general elections will be out on May 23.

Ram Madhav, a senior leader in the BJP, told Reuters partner ANI the results would be even better for the party than the exit polls were suggesting, particularly in West Bengal state.

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Ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results on May 23, leaders of various opposition parties would meet the Election Commission (EC) and raise the issue of tallying paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with EVM figures.

A party needs 272 seats to command a majority. "The hard reality is that when multiple exit polls convey the same message, the direction of the result broadly would be in consonance with the message", Jaitley said in a Facebook post.

Indian premier Narendra Modi.

"We are asking the Election Commission to respect the mandate of people".

Modi ordered air strikes on a suspected militant camp in Pakistan, which led to a surge in tension between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

Barring the exit polls in 1998, when some of them were quite close to the actual results, the pollsters went completely wrong in mapping the voters' mood since 1996.

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