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India begins vote counting

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By ITN News Editor May 23, 2019 12:45

India begins vote counting

India began counting hundreds of millions of votes in its general election, with a coalition led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party already preparing to form the next government.The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), led by Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is expected to surpass the 272 seats needed to command a majority in the lower house of parliament, six of seven exit polls showed. Their predicted margin of victory is larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed the NDA would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority.Counting of the more than 600 million votes began at 8 a.m. local time (0230 GMT) and trends were expected to be known by noon. Final results are due by Thursday evening. Modi was under pressure when he began campaigning, losing three state elections in December amid rising anger over farm prices and unemployment.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor May 23, 2019 12:45