The counting of votes started today for the largest democratic elections in the world, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi mostly expected to win following a grueling contest that focused directly on his leadership after a military confrontation with enmity Pakistan.
The Election Commission of India will begin counting at 8:00 am IST after a six-week of the process that started on April 11. Because India deploys electronic voting machines(EVMs), counting should be finished on the same day, with clear trends coming out in the mid-morning. There are approximately 900 million registered voters and with voters at around 67%.
Nearly all exit polls projected Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its associates in the National Democratic Alliance would go away in a comfortable victory over its opponent the Congress party, which is led by Rahul Gandhi, and it’s United Progressive Alliance.
While exit polls are often not exactly correct in India, opinion surveys ahead of the polls had also estimated that PM Narendra Modi would return to power, however at the helm of a slightly weaker alliance.
In India, which is the world’s fastest-growing major economy, the election begins with the rising concerns about unemployment, protests by impoverished farmers and in the rise of a fatal suicide bombing and military clash with Pakistan that have the negative impact on the nation. The situation in Campaign quickly got ugly, when Modi calling a murdered former prime minister corrupt and opponents political party supporters clashing violently in eastern India.
In the BJP government has initiated sprawling welfare programs that would benefit the poor and shocked markets by a squabble with central bank chiefs and eliminating 86% of currency overnight by demonetization. Modi’s government gradually revolve to a more populist economic program after launching structural reforms, like a services tax and landmark goods.
BJP government has also accepted a more strong and bold posture toward rival Pakistan, by finally launching the retaliatory air strikes after attempting diplomatic outreach to Islamabad earlier in its tenancy. Indian armed forces also faced off against China in the Himalayas before arranging a detente with President Xi Jinping.
If Modi Government is returned back to power, he will possibly spend the next five years concentrating on the promises he made in 2014 that targeted the desires of the middle class and business community, stated by Sandeep Shastri, a political scientist, and Pro Vice-Chancellor at Jain University in Bangalore.
Shastri said that “While they will continue to have the pro-poor stance that they’ve followed for the last five years, I think they’ll expand their bag of policies to focus much more on the middle class, the upper middle class, and the business class.”