With polling in the world's largest democracy coming to an end on Sunday with the conclusion of the seventh and final round of voting in the general elections, 1.3 billion citizens of India including an estimated 900 million-strong electorate now await vote-counting on May 23 when the identities of 542 (the Vellore polls were countermanded) newly elected members to the lower house of India's Parliament will be revealed, and consequently, the process of forming the next government of India will enter its final stage. Ahead of what promises to be a thrilling May 23, Republic Media Network has broadcast the country's biggest exit poll - the double exit poll in collaboration with the nation's biggest pollsters Jan Ki Baat and CVoter - which presents a projection of what to expect on counting day, including granular projections from each of the states and union territories.
In Lakshadweep, the battle is set between the NDA alliance and the UPA alliance for the single Lok Sabha seat, which polled in a single poll phase of the Lok Sabha elections on April 11.
In terms of seats, UPA is projected to win the solitary seat
UPA: 1 seat
The UPA is projected to lead the pack garnering 74.6% of the votes. 'Others' is projected to follow with 22% of the votes, while the NDA is projected to trail with 3.4% of the votes.
In terms of the solitary seat, Congress is projected to win the seat
UPA: 1 seat
The key battle in Lakshadweep:
The key candidates in the Lakshadweep constituency which is reserved for the Scheduled Tribe community are Mohammed Faizal PP of NCP, Hamdullah Sayeed of Congress and Abdul Khader Haji of BJP.
Recent political developments:
Lakshadweep Congress came into limelight recently when they posted a picture that showed Rajiv Gandhi talking to few people in Lakshadweep. They claimed that the picture was from 1987 'official trip' after the Prime Minister alleged that former PM Rajiv Gandhi used it as a 'personal taxi' for himself and his in-laws for their vacation at an island in the Lakshadweep archipelago.
On a national scale:
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.
A number of Republic Media Network newsbreaks especially set the agenda for the polls, including the first interview of the Prime Minister's election campaign to Republic's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami and his final campaign interview to Executive Editor Abhishek Kapoor. Alongside these were 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.
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