May 23, 2019: The Narendra Modi wave has swatted away any challenge posed by the Congress or the united opposition as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to improve on its humongous 2014 tally to attain a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha once again.
The BJP is currently ahead on over 280 seats, with the partners in NDA pushing the total tally to over 340 seats, leads show as results of the general elections pour in. A saffron surge has been witnessed in key states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Mumbai based on initial trends as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks set for a second term.
The stellar show by the BJP has sent the stock market soaring, with the BSE Sensex crossing 40,000 points in early trade. The Congress performance can by surmised by the party president Rahul Gandhi’s contest in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. Gandhi is trailing to BJP’s Smriti Irani.
The party’s overall numbers have improved over the 2014 result, with MK Stalin’s DMK in Tamil Nadu sprucing up the tally. In Karnataka too, the BJP looks set for a sweep with the entire Lingayat belt going one way based on early trends.
BJP leading in all 7 seats in Delhi
The BJP is going strong in Delhi and is now maintaining healthy leads on all seven seats in the national capital. In a significant development, BJP candidate and former cricketer Gautam Gambhir is now leading Congress’ Arvinder Singh Lovely by a margin of nearly 40,000 votes in East Delhi. AAP’s Atishi is trailing in the third place in the triangular battle.
Meenakshi Lekhi too has extended her lead against Congress’ Ajay Maken in New Delhi and is now ahead by over 30,000 votes. The head to head fight between BJP Delhi president Manoj Tiwari and Congress Delhi president Sheila Dikshit is also firmly in BJP’s favour. Tiwari now leads by a massive margin of over 75,000 votes in the North East Delhi seat.
Sufi singer and BJP leader Hans Raj Hans is leading against AAP’s Gugan Singh in North-West Delhi by over 70,000 votes and BJP’s Harsh Vardhan is leading from Chandni Chowk against Congress’ Jai Prakash Agarwal. In South Delhi, BJP’s sitting MP Ramesh Bhidhuri is comfortably leading against AAP spokesperson Raghav Chadha. Congress’ Vijender Singh is trailing in third place on the seat.
After a long and winding seven-phased Lok Sabha election that began on April 11 and ended May 19, it is time for the reckoning. While the attention is on the big states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Maharashtra, which have a large seat share in the lower house of the parliament, Delhi, the national capital and the seat of power, is under the microscope as well.
With seven high-stakes seats in the poll fray and several prominent candidates like Atishi, Gautam Gambhir, Ajay Maken, Sheila Dikshit, Vijender Singh, Raghav Chadha, Meenakshi Lekhi, among others, hoping to make it to the parliament, Delhi has become a prestige battle for three parties — Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The looming narrative in the national capital was the long drawn out and ultimately doomed alliance tango between the Congress and the AAP. The two parties could not reach an agreement over seat sharing and chose to contest separately. AAP and Congress have a largely similar voter base and their failure to form an alliance has handed the advantage to the BJP.
The saffron party had won all seven seats in Delhi in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. If exit poll numbers are to be believed, the BJP look set to sweep the national capital again. (News18)