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India, parliamentary elections 2024. Voting has ended, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party wins in the exit poll

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The general elections in India ended on Saturday. Nearly a billion people could vote, including 18 million for the first time. According to the exit poll results, the Indian People's Party (BJP) under the leadership of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi can count on winning.

Indian elections are called the largest democratic vote in the world. They lasted six weeks (the election marathon began on April 19) and were divided into seven stages.

With over 1.4 billion inhabitants India Nearly 970 million citizens were entitled to vote, of which 18 million could vote for the first time in their lives. The results will be known on Tuesday.

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Polls predict the prime minister's party will win

There are 543 seats up for grabs in the lower house of parliament (House of the People). It appoints the prime minister, who in turn selects the ministers of his government. To obtain a majority, at least 272 deputies are required to enter the chamber.

Two parties had a significant say in the elections: the Indian People's Party (BJP) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the opposition Indian National Congress (INC) headed by Mallikarjun Kharge and his ally in the party Rahul Gandhi.

NDTV news channel published exit poll results. According to them, Prime Minister Modi's party can count on winning. The coalition she created with other parties called the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) may win 350 seats. However, the INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) coalition created by over 20 opposition parties – led by INC – is expected to win over 120 seats.

In the previous general elections in 2019, the BJP won 303 seats and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) had a total of 352 seats. The Indian National Congress (INC) then won 52 seats.

Main photo source: MANU ARORA/EPA/PAP

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