All eyes on vote counting

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Modi's BJP has been fighting it out for the votes of 900 million people against the main opposition Congress Party, led by political scion Rahul Gandhi, and other big regional players, over the course of six weeks of polling.

In order to win, a party or a coalition needs to secure 272 seats out of 543 in the Lok Sabha, or lower house of parliament to form a government. If the opposition does well and the NDA fall short of numbers, it may need other parties support.

And similarly in Ladakh, where exit polls have predicted Congress to win, Sagar said it would be independent candidate (Sajad Kargili) from Kargil backed by NC who would emerge victorious. In fact, nearly all exit polls have predicted that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will cross the 300 mark, indicating that the Narendra Modi-led government will return to power quite comfortably.

There are many theories suggested as to why Indians tend to withhold their real opinions during the exit polls. Except one pollster, all suggested that the UPA will win 97 to 135 seats.

A BJP win as predicted will go a long way in calming down investors who had taken huge chunks of money out of India on fears that Congress could pull off an upset victory. Moreover, even if the BJP gets full majority on its own, it will include NDA allies in the government as it had done in 2014. Because during elections all of them have suffered because of BJP's excesses.

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Unemployment, social issues, and lagging growth were the key issues during the election.

Indian politics has always had a love-hate relationship with Exit Polls. There is also a serious question mark on the fiscal viability of his NYAY scheme, which economists say will put an unmanageable strain on the country's finances.

Therefore, a pre-arrangement to come out with the same result is suspected.

"Its Modi all the way, he is the right man for India", they said.

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Congress leader Anand Sharma described the exit polls as "entertainment".

The same night, Priyanka Gandhi said in a message to party workers that they should not fall for "rumours" meant to make them drop their guard ahead of the counting of votes.

Ahead of the counting day which is slated for May 23, Shiv Sena on Tuesday took a dig at the Congress party saying it will be "successful as a strong opposition".

Riding high on exit poll predictions, the Sensex hit an all-time high of 39,571 in intra-day trade on May 21, surpassing its previous record high of 39,487 on April 18 this year.

The most telling remark was made India's Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

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