Counting of Votes Begins to Decide Fate of India’s PM Modi

Saturday, 25 May, 2019

It was already ruling Punjab, which has 13 Lok Sabha seats, before the elections were conducted in above mentioned three states. While former AASU leader Mani Madhab Mahanta is ahead of Gogoi with 9,343 votes in Kaliabor, AGP's Kumar Deepak Das is leading in Barpeta by 26,080 votes. Party chief Rahul Gandhi, the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, lost his seat in a family borough in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. In Maharashtra, the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena has repeated their 2014 performance, winning 41 out of 48 seats.

Sitting BJP MLA from Nari Koyu constituency Kento Rina retained the seat by defeating his nearest rival Tojir Kadu of the Congress by a margin of 216 votes in a triangular contest. L. S. Pfoze of NPF has taken a led over BJP's H.S. Mate by 54,834 votes. Ashok Gehlot was even heavily criticized by the BJP for spending most of his time in the constituency promoting his son.

The electorate in Odisha appear to have resorted to tactical voting, making separate choices for the Lok Sabha and the state assembly. Congress under his leadership won three consecutive general elections.

Himanta told NDTV during a video interview that the huge mandate BJP has got in Assam and West Bengal justified the move.

Together are in charge of an extraordinary 350 of the 542 lok sabha (lower house of parliament) seats. On April 27, 18 booths in Arunachal Pradesh also went for re-polling.

In one of Chandni Chowk's mazy lanes, a baker said: "I voted for the Congress but there is something about Modi that works on the people".

As his party readied another term, speculation mounted about portfolio distribution with many party leaders of the view that part president Amit Shah might be one of several new faces to be brought into the cabinet.

What is significant is that even the vast majority of voters, who opted for the lotus symbol in the Lok Sabha, preferred the conch in the assembly.

In Assam, BJP won nine out of the 14 Lok Sabha seats including Autonomous Council (Diphu), Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Karimganj, Lakhimpur, Mangaldai, Tezpur and Silchar seats. He is a legislator from Manikpur Assembly seat in the same parliamentary constituency.

Asom Gana Parishad president Atul Bora.

Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Poonia, who had won a seat during the legislative assembly elections in Rajasthan a year ago, finished second to BJP's Rathore. This is a big boost for the party before the next assembly elections in the state scheduled for 2021.