The last phase of elections held on Sunday kept people busy on two counts – one was the actual polling and the second was the exit polls released by nearly a dozen psephology organisations. While some of them are known for their credible predictions over the years, some do it just for publicity.
The survey organisations have given some edge to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA, keeping the Congress-led UPA a little far away from the seat of power. The NDA secured around 300 seats, which is a comfortable number. But then there is a threat from the non-NDA parties and non-UPA parties, which are projected to be winning close to 100 seats this time. The Congress-led UPA is projected to win less than 150 and if the non-NDA and non-UPA parties support the UPA also, the BJP-led NDA still has an edge, as per these exit polls results.
The Congress fails to get the good numbers. As a party, it is falling down in every election which gives an advantage to the BJP. If the Congress improves its position and wins at least 150 seats on its own, then the UPA allies can help the party wrest the power. To win such big number, the Congress might have to wait for another five years, making Priyanka Gandhi a key player in the party and allowing her to tour the States, particularly the south and north east.
Meanwhile, the BJP is emerging as the single largest party and the NDA will be forming the government for another five years. There are expectations from the anti-Modi group that this election should see Modi out of power. Even those who support the BJP wanted change of leadership. The names of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Water Resources, Nitin Gatkhari have come to the fore as an alternative to Modi.
But, with the NDA getting anywhere close to 300 seats, there is no possibility of the BJP keeping Modi aside.