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Close match in 78 seats could hurt both NDA and UPA Close match in 78 seats could hurt both NDA and UPA


New Delhi, A set of Lok Sabha seats which are expected to be closely contested is turning out to be the big variable ahead of the counting of votes on Thursday.

These comprise at least 78 seats where the gap in vote share is likely to be less than 3 per cent, according to an India Today-Axis My India exit poll. These provide the grey area and could well turn the tide for the NDA or the UPA.

This is how vote counting process is undertaken This is how vote counting process is undertaken



New Delhi, Amid allegations that the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) used in the elections were being changed ahead of counting of votes on Thursday, PRS Legislative Research, an independent research institute, on Wednesday explained how the counting process takes place.

The polls to elect the 17th Lok Sabha were held in seven phases for 542 constituencies till May 19.

Varanasi astrologers predict instability in politics Varanasi astrologers predict instability in politics



Varanasi, The triumvirate of Jupiter, Rahu and Saturn may upset the exit-poll calculations and cause some trouble in the formation of the new government at the Centre.

According to astrologers in Varansi, this planetary position could take the BJP to being the single largest party but might keep it away from getting a majority.

According to Pandit Rishi Dwiwedi, the planetary position spell instability for democracy and this will reflect in the election results.

Rahul dubs exit polls as false, asks partymen to remain vigil Rahul dubs exit polls as false, asks partymen to remain vigil

New Delhi, A day ahead of vote counting, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday dubbed the exit polls as false and urged the party workers to keep faith in the party and asked them to remain vigil.

"Dear Congress workers, next 24 hours are important. Remain alert and vigil. You are fighting for truth. Don't get disheartened by the false exit polls. Have faith on yourself and the party, your efforts would not go in vain," he tweeted.

Twitter records 5.6 lakh tweets on exit polls in 24 hours Twitter records 5.6 lakh tweets on exit polls in 24 hours



New Delhi, As majority of exit polls predicted victory for the BJP-led NDA at the Centre, Twitter recorded nearly 5.6 lakh tweets related to exit polls in 24 hours, the company said on Tuesday.

"Twitter saw 560K Tweets talking about the Exit Polls in 24 hours, between 6:30pm on Sunday 19th until 6:30pm on Monday 20th May, across news commentators, opinion makers and Indian citizens," the micro-blogging platform told

Faith is over, filth remains in Prayagraj Faith is over, filth remains in Prayagraj

 

Prayagraj, Faith is long over and all that remains now are mounds of filth.

The Maha Kumbh that was so pompously organized by the Yogi Adityanath government from January to March this year at a cost of over Rs 4,200 crore has generated more than 2,000 tonnes of unsegregated solid waste.

The event also championed the concept of 'Swachh Bharat' that prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare it the cleanest ever Kumbh held in Prayagraj.

Opposition leaders meet over EVM concerns Opposition leaders meet over EVM concerns



New Delhi, Two days ahead of the Lok Sabha election results, leaders of around 20 opposition parties met here on Tuesday amid their concerns over the electronic voting machines (EVM) and use of VVPATs.

Among those who attended the meeting were Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Telugu Desam Party chief Chandrababu Naidu, Nationalist Congress Party's Praful Patel, DMK's Kanimozhi, Trinamool Congress' Derek O'Brien, Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party's Satish Chandra Misra, Rashtriya Janata Dal's Manoj Jha, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitraram Yechury, Communist Party of India leader D. Raja and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal.

Thackeray to skip NDA dinner, Desai to represent Shiv Sena Thackeray to skip NDA dinner, Desai to represent Shiv Sena

 

Mumbai, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray will skip the dinner meeting hosted by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah in Delhi on Tuesday evening, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Anil Desai, the Rajya Sabha MP, will be Shiv Sena'a representative at the meet.

"BJP President had invited Udhavji and he called him up also. But he is not going. Subhash Desai will attend the dinner," Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut told the media here.

Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern on EVM tampering reports Pranab Mukherjee expresses concern on EVM tampering reports

 

Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed concern over reports of alleged tampering of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and said the onus of ensuring institutional integrity lay with the Election Commission of India (ECI).

"They must do so and put all speculations to rest," he said in a statement.

Opposition still feels NDA will fall short, says alternative needs to be ready Opposition still feels NDA will fall short, says alternative needs to be ready

 

New Delhi, Even as the exit polls predicted a majority for the ruling NDA in the Lok Sabha elections, the Opposition camp is convinced that the BJP-led coalition will fall short of numbers, due to which they are making an effort to cobble up an alternative.

Ahead of the declaration of actual results on May 23, TDP supremo and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu has been reaching out to various non-BJP parties as part of efforts to stitch up a coalition that could form a government at the Centre if the NDA fails to cross the majority mark of 272 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

Exit polls used to create false impression: Kumaraswamy Exit polls used to create false impression: Kumaraswamy


Bengaluru, Slamming the exit poll results, which projected a big win for the BJP-led NDA government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday said their predictions were being used to create a false impression of a Modi wave across the country.

"The artificially engineered or manufactured Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23," said a miffed Kumaraswamy in a series of tweets.

Chandrababu Naidu to continue efforts for non-BJP coalition Chandrababu Naidu to continue efforts for non-BJP coalition



Amaravati, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday said he would continue his efforts to forge a non-BJP coalition till May 23, the day of counting of votes.

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief told reporters before leaving for Kolkata to meet West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee that he will continue the efforts to take them to a logical conclusion.

BJP delegation meets EC, demands re-poll in Bengal BJP delegation meets EC, demands re-poll in Bengal


New Delhi, A BJP delegation on Monday met Election Commission officials and demanded re-polling in the violence-hit constituencies of West Bengal.

Blackbuck case: Fresh notices to Tabu, Sonali, Saif, Neelam Blackbuck case: Fresh notices to Tabu, Sonali, Saif, Neelam

 

Jaipur, The Rajasthan High Court on Monday served fresh notices to Bollywood stars Tabu, Saif Ali Khan, Sonali Bendre, Neelam Kothari and Dushyant Kumar, a local resident, in the 1998 blackbuck poaching case following the state government's appeal against their acquittal.

On the state government's plea, the High Court earlier issued notices to the five respondents on March 11.

On Monday, Justice Manoj Garg issued them fresh notices after prosecution counsel Mahipal Singh told the court that none, except Neelam Kothari, received its earlier notices.

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