The trends by noon have shown clearly the way the verdict in 2019 Lok Sabha election is headed, and it is Prime Minister Narendra Modi returning to power with a bigger majority that would put paid to Opposition’s efforts and hopes of posing a challenge even jointly.
The loud and clear message was the electorate putting a stamp of approval on hardline Hindutva. BJP candidates like terror-accused Pragya Thakur was leading over former chief minister Digvijay Singh who spared no effort to present himself as genuine Hindu.
A favourite of the much-reviled lot of liberals – ‘libtards’ – under this dispensation, Kanhaiya Kumar was way behind Giriraj Singh, one of the outspoken Hindutva proponents in Modi’s council of ministers whose penchant for denouncing every dissenter with ‘send him to Pakistan’ earned him the sobriquet of ‘Visa mantri’.
Tejasvi Surya, BJP’s candidate from Bangalore South, was ahead of Congress’ BK Hariprasad by over 1,37,000 votes.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi was locked in a see-saw battle with Union Textile Minister Smriti Irani in Amethi.
The latest trends show that the NDA is leading in more than 330 seats with the BJP leading in 292 seats, a comfortable majority on its own.
The BJP is doing extremely well in the Hindi heartland, as well as in the east and in the west. Both in Odisha and West Bengal, the two states where the BJP and its president Amit Shah have focussed to expand the party’s base, it is doing well.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP appeared to be close to repeating its performance in 2014, when it bagged 71 seats on its own. In Bihar, the BJP-JD(U)-LJP combine was headed for a sweep with leads in over 30 seats.
In the South, BJP was again sweeping in Karnataka.
Only in Tamil Nadu and Kerala was the BJP unsuccessful, scoring a nought.