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Poll results today, NDA prepares for Term 2

May 23, 2019

In a few hours from now, India will know who will form the government for the next five years. Encouraged by the exit poll results, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah have signed off on a resolution meant to serve as a blueprint for the second NDA government.

The resolution is built around the three big talking points that went in the NDA's favour - national security, nationalism and development. A meeting of 36 key allies was held in New Delhi ahead of the results and all those present have their support to the party in writing.

Thirty-six NDA allies were present at the NDA leaders' dinner. Three NDA allies who were not present, have given their support in writing", said Union minister Rajnath Singh

The resolution highlights the successful schemes of the government and points to the future. "Over the last five years, the government has taken steps to meet the basic requirements of the people. Over the next five years, we will increase the speed of progress and meet the other needs of the people", added Singh. "Where national security is concerned, the NDA government has been firm and I can say that the perception that India is soft on the diplomacy and security front is gone".

Twelve of 14 exit polls have predicted that the NDA will get full majority with seats ranging from 282 to 365. An aggregate of exit polls predicted the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will win 302 seats and the Congress and its allies 122. A party or an alliance needs 271 seats to form the government, as the elections were held on 542 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats.

Meanwhile, the Opposition parties, including the Congress and some others are preparing to stake claim to form the next government to pre-empt any invitation to the BJP from the President of India if the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) falls short of the majority mark of 272.

Parties usually wait till the President calls the largest group of parties to form a government. But this time, to counter the BJP, the Congress-led Opposition is looking to stake the claim if the numbers don’t throw up a clear majority for the NDA

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