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Election results 2019: BJP takes early lead, holds on to Hindi heartland

EC data shows BJP ahead in 101 seats, Congress 40 two hours after counting of Lok Sabha election votes begin

Munsif Vengattil Abhirup Roy | Reuters 

India began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election on Thursday, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party taking an early lead, TV channels and the Election Commission said. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is expected to surpass the 272 seats needed to command a majority in the Lok Sabha, six of seven exit polls showed on Sunday. ALSO READ: Election result LIVE: BJP leading in 277 seats, crosses half-way mark The NDA led in 235 seats, with the opposition United ...

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First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 10:32 IST