Counting of votes for India general polls to begin shortly

Voters pose with their inked fingers to get clicked at selfie points created in polling booths during the recently concluded general polls in India. Photo Courtesy: PIB

After six-week voting in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls, the counting of votes will be held on Tuesday (June 4, 2024) which will seal the fates of candidates who are fighting to win one of the 543 Lok Sabha (India Lower House) seats up for grab in the world’s largest democracy.

Amid tight security arrangements, the counting of votes will begin at 8 am.

Indian PM Narendra Modi is eyeing to return to power for the third record-equalling third term by decimating the key opposition alliance named INDIA.

India voted from April 19 to June 1 to send their representative to the Lower House of the Parliament.

Any party or coalition needs to touch the 272 majority mark to form the government at the Centre.

Riding on star campaigner PM Narendra Modi, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has set a target of 370 seats this year and 400 for the NDA coalition.

The Congress party is a part of the INDIA bloc.

Fighting sweltering heat, 642 million people exercised their voting rights in the past six weeks to elect their representatives.

Exit-poll results showed Modi returning to power

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to return for a record-equalling third term in office with the BJP-led NDA alliance set to get a thumping majority defeating the combined opposition’s INDIA Bloc, according to the exit poll results after the seventh and final phase of polling in the country on Saturday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) can garner around 350 or more seats while the  INDIA bloc led by the united opposition is likely to get 125 to 150 seats, the exit polls indicate.

Amid a slogan to win over 400 seats in the 543-member Parliament, the exit polls give a massive mandate for a third Modi term.

According to the Republic-PMARQ poll, NDA will win 359 seats and INDIA bloc around 154 followed by 30 by others, while Republic-Matrize poll projects upto 368 seats for the saffron bloc.

Matrize project said the NDA is likely to get 353-368 seats while the INDIA bloc will get 118-133 seats. Others will get 43-48 seats.

Exit poll by India News-D-Dynamics projected 371 seats for the Modi-led BJP and NDA alliance.

NDTV India-Jan Ki Baat has suggested 362-392 seats for the BJP-led NDA and between 141 and 161 seats for the INDIA bloc.