Opposition Set to Win India Election, Exit Polls Say

TIME

Exit polls indicate that an alliance led by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to win the national elections in India, as voting drew to a close Monday.

A poll by C-Voter, a research group, indicated the BJP and its allies could win 289 seats in Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of parliament, giving the coalition the majority needed to oust the incumbent Congress Party and form the nation’s next government. A poll by ABP-Nielsen predicted the BJP-led coalition would secure 281 seats, according to Reuters.

If the exit polls prove to be correct—which is no guarantee—they would put BJP leader Narendra Modi in pole position to become the next prime minister of India.

The final phase of India’s five-week election ended on Monday at 6pm IST, with a crucial vote taking place in Varanasi where Modi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal went head to…

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