With the all-important Lok Sabha polls concluding in the world's largest democracy on Thursday, 1.3 billion citizens of India including an estimated 900 million-strong electorate now await the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha with the 542 (the Vellore polls were countermanded) newly elected members to the lower house of India's Parliament and consequently, the process of forming the next government of India will enter its final stage.
After the thrilling counting day on May 23 which ended in a huge triumph for the NDA and commencement of the formation of Modi Sarkar 2.0, Republic Media Network presents the results which ended in Prime Minister Narendra Modi getting re-elected and the BJP winning a clear majority of 302 seats while the Congress suffered a blow managing to garner 52 seats.
In Andaman & Nicobar, the fight for its lone Lok Sabha seat between BJP and Congress saw the UPA winning the seat.
Republic Double Exit polls projections:
In contrast, Republic Media Network called the result on Sunday projecting a BJP win with country's biggest exit poll - the double exit poll in collaboration with the nation's biggest pollsters Jan Ki Baat and CVoter - which presented a projection including granular projections from each of the states and union territories.
BJP was projected to retain its seat in the union territory. As per CVoter's vote-share projections, UPA will secure 41.1% while BJP is predicted to lead with 45.2%
CVoter Vote-share projections:
Jan Ki Baat
Located at the juncture of Andaman sea and the Bay of Bengal, the Island is a union territory of the country. There are over 2,00,000 eligible voters in the state, out of them, 11 are third gender voters. The Bengali population in the island is touted to be the decider, but none of the national parties fielded a Bengali candidate.
The main fight was between Vishal Jolly of the BJP and Kuldeep Rai Sharma of the Congress. Surprisingly, AAP had joined the fray fielding Sanjay Meshak and Trinamool too had fielded Ayan Mandal, grandson of former Andaman and Nicobar Islands MP Manoranjan Bhakta.
In 2014, BJP MP Bishnu Pandey Ray won the single seat securing 90,969 votes which amounted to 47.8% votes while Congress' Manoranjan Bhakta garnered 40% votes. The union territory went to polls on April 11.
On a national scale:
A number of Republic Media Network newsbreaks especially set the agenda for the polls, including PM Narendra Modi completing a full circle with his first and last election campaign interview with Republic Media Network. Alongside the sensational #MPsOnSale sting on sitting MPs who showed themselves willing to compromise the interests of those whom they claim to represent, the Operation Karz Maafi sting that exposed the falsehood in the Congress' farm loan-waiver promise, and numerous others.
The vote counting for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be held on May 23. Join Arnab on Republic Media Network for persistent coverage of the historic conclusion to the general elections here.