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Lok Sabha Election Results: Celebrations begin at BJP offices across India as party set for back-to-back majority

Updated : May 23, 2019 05:59 PM IST

As BJP is eyeing a win in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, party supporters and the headquarters have already begun preparing for the celebrations. The party supporters are seen swaying the saffron-coloured party flag victoriously and dancing in celebration. The Narendra Modi-led NDA alliance is leading with 355 seats. Modi himself has won the Varanasi, UP, seat with more than three lakh votes. The Congress party, which has been in power for all but 23 of the last 72 years, appeared to be heading for another lower tally, after its dismal showing in 2014, leading in 90 seats. Six out of seven exit polls had predicted a clean sweep victory for BJP-led NDA alliance.

As part of preparations, the BJP headquarters has gateways in party colours. Flowers have also been arranged. (Caption: IANS)
As part of preparations, the BJP headquarters has gateways in party colours. Flowers have also been arranged. (Caption: IANS)
Party spokespersons started arriving at the party headquarters from 9 am and media cabins have been set up for interactions. (Caption: IANS)
Party spokespersons started arriving at the party headquarters from 9 am and media cabins have been set up for interactions. (Caption: IANS)
Party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to visit the headquarters. (Caption: IANS)
Party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are also expected to visit the headquarters. (Caption: IANS)
Arrangements have also been made to receive people at the party's Delhi office. (Caption: IANS)
Arrangements have also been made to receive people at the party's Delhi office. (Caption: IANS)
Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 298 of the 542 seats available, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the Lok Sabha. (Caption: Reuters)
Official data from the Election Commission showed Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead in 298 of the 542 seats available, up from the 282 it won in 2014 and more than the 272 seats needed for a majority in the Lok Sabha. (Caption: Reuters)
That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984. The main opposition Congress Party was ahead in 52 seats, figures showed. (Caption: Reuters)
That would give it the first back-to-back majority for a single party since 1984. The main opposition Congress Party was ahead in 52 seats, figures showed. (Caption: Reuters)
Besides, the party will make a gigantic 6x4 feet (24 sq. feet) huge cake with special ingredients and projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the future leader of not only India but the whole world. The cake will be cut by BJP city chief Ashish Shelar and actress Poonam Dhillon. (Caption: IANS)
Besides, the party will make a gigantic 6x4 feet (24 sq. feet) huge cake with special ingredients and projecting Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the future leader of not only India but the whole world. The cake will be cut by BJP city chief Ashish Shelar and actress Poonam Dhillon. (Caption: IANS)
Similar sweets and goodies have been ordered and are being prepared at various outlets in Mumbai for other BJP candidates like Gopal Shetty (Mumbai North) and Poonam Mahajan (Mumbai North-Central), by activists or party leaders. (Caption: IANS)
Similar sweets and goodies have been ordered and are being prepared at various outlets in Mumbai for other BJP candidates like Gopal Shetty (Mumbai North) and Poonam Mahajan (Mumbai North-Central), by activists or party leaders. (Caption: IANS)
Similar plans are being implemented in other cities like Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nashik. (Caption: IANS)
Similar plans are being implemented in other cities like Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Nashik. (Caption: IANS)
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, also a senior BJP leader, said on Twitter the BJP had won a
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, also a senior BJP leader, said on Twitter the BJP had won a "massive victory", while Amarinder Singh, a senior Congress leader, said that party had "lost the battle" for power. (Caption: Reuters)
The mood was upbeat at BJP headquarters in New Delhi, with party workers setting off firecrackers and cheering as TV channels reported the margin of victory. (Caption: Reuters)
The mood was upbeat at BJP headquarters in New Delhi, with party workers setting off firecrackers and cheering as TV channels reported the margin of victory. (Caption: Reuters)
The NDA's predicted margin of victory, at 348 seats to 85 for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, according to TV channel NDTV, is much larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed it would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority. (Caption: Reuters)
The NDA's predicted margin of victory, at 348 seats to 85 for the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance, according to TV channel NDTV, is much larger than surveys indicated in the run-up to the vote, when most polls showed it would be the largest alliance but would fall short of an overall majority. (Caption: Reuters)
Special laddoo-cakes and the 'pista badam Kamal (party's symbol) barfi' has already been ordered and more would be in the offing. (Caption: Reuters)
Special laddoo-cakes and the 'pista badam Kamal (party's symbol) barfi' has already been ordered and more would be in the offing. (Caption: Reuters)
The BJP performed strongly in several states where it has previously struggled, including in West Bengal, where it targeted the Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party in campaigning that often turned violent. (Caption: Reuters)
The BJP performed strongly in several states where it has previously struggled, including in West Bengal, where it targeted the Trinamool Congress, a powerful regional party in campaigning that often turned violent. (Caption: Reuters)
The BJP was leading in 17 of 42 seats in Bengal, which sends the third largest number of lawmakers to parliament, significantly better than the two it won in 2014, Election Commission data showed. (Caption: Reuters)
The BJP was leading in 17 of 42 seats in Bengal, which sends the third largest number of lawmakers to parliament, significantly better than the two it won in 2014, Election Commission data showed. (Caption: Reuters)
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