The 71-day high-stake electoral battle has come to a draw, with the results of Lok Sabha elections 2019 expected to be out by today. The Election Commission of India (ECI) is scheduled to begin the counting of votes from 8am onwards. The outcome of polls in 543 constituencies spread across 29 states and 7 union territories is awaited. The live streaming of election results and updates could be viewed live on News 24, via the embedded YouTube link further below. Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Results LIVE News Updates: Will it be NDA, UPA or Third Front?
The early trends are expected to emerge by 8:30am. The first credible insight would be out after the Election Commission concludes the first round of counting of votes. A clearer picture would emerge at around noon. Reports claim that the Gadchiroli seat in Maharashtra will be the first to know its winner - at 1pm - as only 5 candidates are in fray. The fewer the number of candidates, the results will be out earlier, a polling officer was reported as saying.
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All eyes are set on whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will succeed in returning to power, or would he be dislodged by the Opposition. Pollsters who have lend their weight behind another term for Modi were firm that the BJP-led NDA - even if it returns to power - would have its strength reduced as compared to 2014.
In the Opposition camp, no party is expecting a clear majority, but they are hoping to cumulatively cross the 272-mark and dislodge the Modi regime from power. "I can guarantee you that there will be a new Prime Minister in the nation," Congress president Rahul Gandhi said as the campaign came to a draw on Friday.
Meanwhile, PM Modi, who addressed the first-ever press conference in the last five years ahead of the seventh phase polls, said the "nation has already blessed" him, and he is "returning to power with a full majority".