Early leads indicate massive mandate in favour of Prime Minister Narendra Momdi. NDA is leading in as many as 238 seats, while UPA only in 69 and others in 70. BJP is leading in the Hindi belt. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was trailing behind Smriti Irani in Amethi. BJP and Shiva Sena are leading in all Mumbai Lok Sabha seats.
The counting for the 542 Lok Sabha seats, which went to polls from April 11, will begin at 8 am and the results will decide the fate of more than 8,000 candidates. The Election Commission calculated the voter turnout to be 67.11 per cent, the highest for any Lok Sabha election.
For the first time in general elections, the EC will tally the vote count on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips in five polling stations in each Assembly segment of a parliamentary constituency. This means that out of nearly 10.3 lakh polling stations, the EVM-VVPAT matching will be conducted in 20,600 such stations.