India exit polls show Modi's coalition set to return to power

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance will win as many as 306 seats in India's 543-seat lower house, according to an exit poll
India exit polls show Modi's coalition set to return to power
Markets are likely to cheer signs that Modi will return to power, even if he is slightly more constrained without the single-party majority the BJP won in 2014.
By AFP
Sun 19 May 2019 05:41 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to return to power at the head of a coalition government, with exit polls predicting his Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies will win a majority of seats in India’s parliament.

The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance will win as many as 306 seats in India’s 543-seat lower house, according to an exit poll from TV channel Times Now.

The opposition Congress-led United Progressive Alliance coalition will win an estimated 132 seats, exit polls said.

Exit Polls BJP-led Ruling Coalition Congress-led Opposition Alliance Others Republic Tv-C Voter 287 128 127 Republic Tv-Jan Ki Baat 295-315 122-125 102-125 Times Now-VMR 306 132 104 News Nation 282-290 118-126 130-138

Polls were released on Sunday evening after the last of India’s 900 million registered voters cast ballots in a grueling six-week-long election that started on April 11.

"Conventional wisdom suggests the BJP will return to power, albeit with a less strong showing than in 2014, and many exit polls will reflect that projection," said Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Washington, DC-based Woodrow Wilson Center.

"That said, exit polls are not always a strong predictor, and Indian electoral politics are famously unpredictable. The bottom line is we should regard these exit polls as a useful data point, but we should ultimately take them with a grain of salt."

Markets are likely to cheer signs that Modi will return to power, even if he is slightly more constrained without the single-party majority the BJP won in 2014.

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