HERE ARE THE 10 LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THIS STORY:
1. “India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।,” Narendra Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, tweeted soon after it became clear that he has won both in Vadodara and Varanasi. He later visited his mother to seek her blessings.
2. The 34-year-old BJP can form government on its own. It is leading in 288 seats, sixteen more than the majority mark of 272.
3. The Congress’ 2014 story will be told in double digits, its worst performance ever. They failed to communicate their successes.
4. The markets are cheering the Modi win. The Sensex opened 800 points up and zoomed to a record 25,000. Sensex up 1,400 Points Above 25,000 as NDA Leads in Over 300 Seats
5. BJP Candidate Smriti Irani is now leading in Amethi, but by a very small margin. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is lagging behind. Ajit Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal, a western Uttar Pradesh strongman and Congress ally has lost in his constituency Baghpat.
6. In crucial Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is leading in 59 seats. It had won 10 seats in 2009. The Congress, the Samajwadi Party and the BSP are struggling.
7. In Seemandhra, Chandrababu Naidu’s canny alliance with the BJP has paid off. The combine is leading in 18 seats. Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSR Congress is now trailing; the ruling Congress is wiped out. The TDP is ahead of the Congress even in Telangana, where the TRS is holding sway.
8. In Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa’s magnificent performance will make her AIADMK the third largest party in the Lok Sabha, but “good friend” Narendra Modi does not need her help at the Centre.
9. Karnataka, the BJP is leading. In Maharashtra, the BJP and Shiv Sena are set to win 36 of 48 seats. In Bengal, Mamata Banerjee is giving Jayalalithaa a tough fight for the position of number 3 in parliament.
10. Narendra Modi’s Gujarat, which hopes to give the country its next Prime Minister, looks set for a BJP sweep. As does BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh. In Delhi, the party is sweeping all seven seats.
Narendra Modi wins by over 3 lakh votes in Vadodara over his Congress rival Madhusudan Mistry BJP’s Narendra Modi defeats Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party in Varanasi.