The counting of votes in 542 Lok Sabha constituencies began on Thursday, May 23, amidst tight security, culminating the two-month long election process which witnessed high-octane campaigning of the political parties. As the early trends show BJP leading the 2019 elections, Bollywood actor Riteish Deshmukh congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his party's impending victory.
In a Twitter post, Riteish Deshmukh, the son of former Chief Minister of Maharashtra and Congress leader late Vilasrao Deshmukh, wrote, "India has decided- Democracy needs to be celebrated. Many Congratulations to our Hon Prime Minister @narendramodi ji on this huge verdict."
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With the nation having concluded the seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 in a period of 39 days, it is ready to welcome the next government and consequently the next Prime Minister of the country. 542 seats of the lower house from 29 states and 7 Union Territories (UTs) went to polls and the day has come for the results. This year, nearly 10 lakh polling booths were set up and around 84 million more voters were in the fray to exercise their franchise than the previous elections. The final phase of polling took place on May 19 and the leaders of the BJP across the country are confident about their victory.
The 2019 elections saw high-octane electric campaigning from both sides as the BJP went hammer and tongs, expressing confidence at each turn that it would not only repeat but also better its tally of 282 votes from five years earlier, whereas the Congress and other Opposition parties, also campaigned heavily though without being able to make any convincing show of unity. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking a second term in the Parliament, addressed a total of 144 rallies and roadshows this election season, Congress president Rahul Gandhi addressed 125 rallies in the 2019 polls.