Indian ruling party to return to power: PM

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The world's biggest election was held in seven stages this year.

UP has 80 parliamentary seats, the most of any state, and at the 2014 election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept up 71 of them. The counting of votes is due on May 23.

Modi turned up unexpectedly at a press conference that was scheduled by Shah and addressed the audience but redirected all questions posed to him to the BJP Chief Amit Shah citing party ethics and said that he was a "disciplined soldier of the party" and "the party president was everything to us".

Narendra Modi will be the PM."Modi has been extensively criticised by the Opposition and Indian National President Rahul Gandhi for not holding a single press conference since he came to power".

On the other hand, the Congress and the Janata-Dal-Secular, which contested the polls in alliance, will get three to six seats.

News18India-IPSOS poll said the Modi-led NDA will win 336 seats, while the UPA will be reduced to just 82. Indian television channels have had a mixed record in the past in predicting election results.

"The EC used to be feared & respected". The letter, according to ANI, said, "We have filed 417 complaints to ECI, out of which 227 were resolved, a whopping number of 190 complaints are unresolved".

Modi's constituency in Varanasi, the Hindu holy city in Uttar Pradesh state, was also among those to vote.

Expecting losses in Uttar Pradesh and in bastions such as Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where it lost local elections in December, the party is eyeing gains in other states such as West Bengal. Voting so far has largely been peaceful barring the sporadic violence in the state of West Bengal. In a recent development Prime Minister Imran Khan's statement that Mr Modi's re-election might lead to a settlement of Kashmir issue, has allowed the Indian opposition to question his hawkish credentials.

The last phase of the Lok Sabha polls saw large-scale violence across West Bengal with BJP candidate in Jadavpur allegedly being attacked and his vehicle vandalised. She did not provide details.

In a bid to appear as a strong leader on national security, Modi has used the disputed region of Kashmir to pivot away from his economic record, playing up the threat of archrival Pakistan, especially after the suicide bombing of a paramilitary convoy on February 14 that killed 40 Indian soldiers.

"People are divided for many reasons. Things are not predictable like before", he said. It will give the BJP another chance to move in and exploit the inherent weakness of the ruling alliance to form the government. The bill, however, eases a path to citizenship for Hindus, Sikhs, Parsees and Jains - non-Muslims - who came from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan over decades. Election Commission also sent them a notice to ask them to reply within 48 hours.

Security was tight around voting stations in Kolkata and surrounding areas where people will cast their vote on Sunday. A haphazard implementation of "one nation, one tax" - a goods and services tax - also hit small and medium businesses. Their coalition partner, AIADMK (All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) is expected to win fewer than 10 seats.

"Market was largely factoring in the return of the BJP-led NDA government".

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