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20 May, 2019 01:04:43 AM
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Here is what to expect

VOTING ENDS IN INDIA ELECTION
THE NEW YORK TIMES, New York
Here is what to expect
Indian nuns from the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charities queue to cast their votes at a polling station at St. Mary's School in Kolkata yesterday, during the 7th and final phase of India's general election. AFP PHOTO

The world’s biggest election will determine whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi stays in power. Here’s how it happened, and what comes next.

After 39 days of polling involving as many as 900 million voters, balloting in India’s vast parliamentary election came to an end yesterday, starting a countdown to the announcement of final results on Thursday.

After sweeping to an outright majority during the last elections in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P., are widely expected to lose seats this time.

Deepening concerns about the economy, and about accusations that the B.J.P.’s Hindu-first conservative creed is putting Muslims and other minorities at risk, have led many Indians who voted for Mr. Modi’s party last time to say they might switch. The biggest beneficiary of such a shift would be the Congress party, led by Rahul Gandhi.

But Mr. Modi’s popularity remains vast, particularly among India’s Hindu majority, and many Indians credit him with programs that have helped the poor and cut through red tape and corruption.

No one is counting out the B.J.P. just yet. And some analysts believe it is still possible that the party will win another majority, or at least be within striking distance of a coalition that would put Mr. Modi back in the prime minister’s office. Here’s a look at how the world’s biggest election unfolded and what to expect in the next few days.

Exit polls will start being released soon after the polls close Sunday evening, but the official results will not be released until Thursday. In the meantime, the surveys will drive big headlines in the Indian news media that either the B.J.P. or Congress — or both parties — will seize on as evidence of impending victory.

“In the majority of the cases, exit polls have depicted the true picture,’’ said Josukutty Cheriantharayil Abraham, an assistant professor of political science and director of the survey research center at the University of Kerala.

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