With a few hours left for Lok Sabha elections 2019 results to be announced, the spotlight is on the heavyweight battles in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Bihar that will decide the future of the country.
However, in the southern states such as- Tamil Nadu, and Kerala, the voters preferred other regional parties over Congress or BJP noted the exit polls.
In UP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi contested for Varanasi, and the contest seemed a cake walk for him. He will surely win the spiritual capital of the country; the margin will indeed substantiate his popularity.
Except for PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi pitted against Union Minister Smriti Irani for the Amethi Lok Sabha constituency, a bastion of the Congress.
Interestingly, the battle of Uttar Pradesh turned into a three-cornered contest after the formation of mahagathbandhan. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance is also looking forward to taking on the two key parties in the largest constituency across the country.
In Bihar, the BJP alliance with JD(U) can outperform the Congress-RJD alliance due to non-availability of later’s star campaigner (Lalu Prasad Yadav).
Equally important are the stakes in West Bengal where the BJP wants to leave a huge impact this time, and reduce the chances of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s emerging as the face of the Opposition.
Looking at the western states of Maharashtra and Gujarat, the BJP holds the upper hand and could make a clean sweep, decimating the Congress and NCP.
In southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana, regional parties and their alliances will take away the majority of the seats and maybe become kingmakers in a hung parliament possibility.
Central and northern states barring Punjab are likely to be a part of Modi wave with little gains for the Congress.