With the completion of the seventh and final phase of voting on Sunday in seven states and one union territory of India, the polling in the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha polls - the largest exercise in democratic franchise anywhere in the world - has officially come to an end. However, before that moment of truth on May 23, the Republic Media Network has broadcast India's biggest exit poll - the mega double exit poll in collaboration with the country's top pollsters Jan Ki Baat and CVoter.
The mega double exit poll has been brought by two of the country's biggest pollsters - Yashwant Deshmukh's CVoter and Pradeep Bhandari's Jan Ki Baat - and is based on extensive on-ground statistically significant surveys from polling booths across the nation.
In a unique style of broadcasting, India's biggest pollsters arrived in vehicles. While Yashwant Deshmukh arrived in his car, Pradeep Bhandari arrived in a two-wheeler, bubbling with enthusiasm.
With an estimated 900 million-strong electorate, the world's largest democracy now waits to learn of the composition of the 17th Lok Sabha and consequently, the next government of India.
There were controversies galore over the course of the polls, ranging from poll violence being witnessed in each of the 7 phases of voting in Bengal, to some shocking statements from leaders across parties, with the likes of Azam Khan, Yogi Adityanath, Maneka Gandhi and others being struck down on by the Election Commission, and others, like Sam Pitroda, Sadhvi Pragya and Kamal Haasan triggering mass outrage.
The vote counting for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be held on May 23.