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World’s biggest vote – India Wins – India election 2014

A record 66.4% people turned out to cast their ballot in nine phases of the world’s biggest vote held between April 7 and May 12. Turnout for this election broke records with 66.38% of those eligible casting a vote.After a decade in power, India’s ruling Congress party has headed to defeat as vote counting in the world’s largest election was underway.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to be on track for a major victory in India’s national elections and looks set to secure a significant majority of seats in India’s lower house of Parliament, paving the way for Narendra Modi to become the nation’s next Prime Minister.

The Lok Sabha Elections 2014 has been a disaster for the ruling Congress  party as far as the current trends are suggesting. Congress has conceded defeat and the opposition BJP party looks to be on course for a significant victory.

India’s prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi met his mother after the results of Varanasi and Vadodara were out. Modi has won comprehensively from Vadodara with a margin of approx 600,000 votes, whereas in Varanasi he has defeated the former Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal by a margin of 1,50,000 votes.

Indian Television channels aired footage of an emotional Mr. Modi meeting his mother and touching her feet, a traditional gesture when Hindus seek the blessings of an older relative. His mother then marked his forehead with vermilion and fed him sweets.

There were already scenes of joy ahead of the announcement at the offices of the BJP, which is led by Narendra Modi.

Key Facts

Number of eligible voters – 814 million

Voter turnout – 66%

Parliamentary seats up for grabs – 543

First time voters – over 120 million or 20%

Main political parties – Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress.

With a note of triumph, Mr. Modi tweeted: ‘India has won!’

Nearly 8000 candidates, including top leaders like Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Arvind Kejriwal were in the fray, in the largest-ever electoral exercise held in the Indian history. These were the first Lok Sabha elections when the option of ‘none of the above’ or NOTA was introduced on the EVMs following Supreme Court directions to ensure secrecy of voters who use this option.



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