After three months of rigorous campaigning, speeches, vying for public support and much disdained slander against each other, the Voting Phase for the Parliamentary elections in India came to an end. The country now awaits the announcement of the results with bated breath to see which political party will form a government at the center for the next five years.

Spread over twenty eight states and seven union territories for a period of sixty nine days, this year's elections saw 8000 candidates representing different parties. Prime candidates included Narendra Modi (Bharitya Janta Party's prime ministerial candidate), Rahul Gandhi (Indian National Congress' prime ministerial candidate), Arvind Kejriwal (Aam Aadmi Party leader), and Sonia Gandhi (Indian National Congress leader).

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The approximate voter turnout for this year was 551 million.

The counting process is said to begin early in the morning at 8 am on May 16th. Approximately 1 million personnel will be counting the 1,878,306 electronic votes cast at 989 centers all over the country. Postal ballots, however, will be counted first. The final results are expected to come out sometime late afternoon.

Elaborate security measures have been practiced to ensure the fair and uninterrupted counting of votes. A three tier security system will be set up at each center for protection of the sites and personnel inside. The first tier will consist of local police, second state armed police, and third the Central Armed Police force. About 550,000 personnel have been discharged for the task.

Speculations and exit polls by various media houses in the country predict an easy win for current opposition National Democratic Alliance, saying that it will garner the 272 out of 543 seats that it needs to create a majority without much effort.

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The BJP alone, with Narendra Modi at his apex, is speculated to gather 235 seats. On the other hand, the Indian National Congress will be able to gather only 79 seats, the exit poll estimated, while its coalition, United Progressive Alliance will bag only 103 seats. The unexpected underdog Aam Aadmi Party, led by Arvind Kejriwal is said to win 31% of seats.

With BJP's win, this will be the end of Congress' ten year reign in the country. Narendra Modi is being hailed as a beacon of light by analysts, and the future is said to bring further changes for Indian Politics. #News