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Triumphant BJP set to cross 272, set new record for any party since 1984

LiveMint logoLiveMint 16-05-2014 A Staff Writer

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, looks set to win the Lok Sabha elections, with close to 272 seats on its own. The alliance it leads—National Democratic Alliance—seems set to cross the 300 mark.

This is the highest number of seats won by any party on its own since the 1984 Lok Sabha elections, when the Congress, led by then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi won a landslide victory. The 1991 Congress government was a minority one, and the party had just 244 seats in the Lok Sabha. Leads for 526 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats were available at 11.30am. Of this, the BJP was leading in 263.

If the BJP is creating one kind of history, then the Congress is setting another. The party seems set for its lowest tally in the Lok Sabha ever. The Congress campaign was led by party vice president Rahul Gandhi. At 11.30pm, the Congress was leading in 63 seats.

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