LIVE: Day after BJP’s massive victory, PM Modi, Amit Shah meet LK Advani, MM Joshi

11:10 am: BJP’s Sambit Patra faces defeat in Puri

BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra has lost Puri Lok Sabha seat to the BJD’s Pinaki Mishra. Mishra trounced Patra by a margin of 11,700 votes.

11:00 am: PM Modi, Amit Shah meet MM Joshi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah met BJP veteran Dr Murli Manohar Joshi. “Dr Murli Manohar Joshi is a scholar and intellectual par excellence. His contribution towards improving Indian education is remarkable. He has always worked to strengthen the BJP and mentor several Karyakartas, including me. Met him this morning and sought his blessings.”

10:30 am: PM Narendra Modi meets LK Advani

PM Narendra Modi met senior BJP leader LK Advani at his residence. BJP president Amit Shah was also present. The PM will meet another BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi later today. “We called on respected Advani ji. The BJP’s successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people,” said PM Modi.

10:20 pm: Babul Supriyo takes a dig at Sidhu

Union minister Babul Supriyo took a jibe at Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had vowed to resign if Rahul Gandhi lost from Amethi.  “Will you live up to your words now, now that Amethi has clearly demonstrated their support for Smriti Irani and BJP?” asked Supriyo.

10:10 am: Amit Shah reaches Advani’s residence

BJP chief Amit Shah has arrived at LK Advani’s residence to meet the BJP veteran. Notably, Shah was last night declared elected from Gandhinagar Lok Sabha seat by a margin of 5.57 lakh votes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Advani (91) had won the constituency.

09:30 am: Robert Vadra calls LS poll results ‘disheartening’

After Congress’ humiliating debacle in the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra said it is “disheartening”. He, however, congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Winning & losing is a part of life. My best wishes to the Congress party leaders and workers. There was plenty of hard work that went into elections. No doubt, it’s disheartening but let’s keep the fight on,” Vadra said in a Facebook post. “I congratulate Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, BJP and NDA. I really hope that India is governed in a secular & a democratic way,” he added.

09:05 am: Negative campaign against PM Modi boomeranged, says Anil Shastri

Anil Shastri, the Congress leader and son of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, said: “Excessive negative campaign against the Prime Minister has not gone down well with the public.” He further told news agency ANI that the public rejected the “chowkidar chor hai” slogan. “Congress failed to address public issues,” he said while commenting about Congress Chief Ministers who “failed” to gauge the public sentiment. “A better performance in Congress-ruled states would have yielded better results,” he said.

08:50 am: Roshan Baig takes a dig at Congress-JD(S)

A day after the BJP scored a resounding win in Karnataka, state Congress legislator R Roshan Baig said it is time to introspect and not make excuses. Baig stoked controversy earlier this week when he allegedly slammed the party’s state unit leaders ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha poll results.

08:45 am: Mother’s blessings helped PM Modi win, says Alka Lamba

08:30 am: Devendra Fadnavis thanks people for ‘showing faith in Modi’

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis thanked people for “showing immense faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji” after the victory of the BJP in the Lok Sabha Elections. “I would to thank the people of this country that they have shown immense faith in the leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji,” Fadnavis said.

08:00 am: Canadian PM congratulates PM Modi

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau congratulates PM Narendra Modi on his re-election. “On behalf of the Government of Canada, I congratulate PM Narendra Modi on his re-election. I look forward to continuing to work with him to improve the lives of Canadians and Indians alike through education and innovation, investing in trade and investment, and fighting climate change.”

07:30 am: Shashi Tharoor wins Thiruvananthapuram by around 1 lakh votes

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor wins from Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency by 99,989 votes. This is his third consecutive win. Tharoor was pitted against BJP’s Kummanam Rajasekharan and CPI(M)’s C Dinakaran.

07:15 am: In a first, RJD draws a blank in Bihar

In a first, the Rashtriya Janata Dal could not manage to win even a single seat in the Lok Sabha polls. Led by Lalu Prasad Yadav’s son Tejashwi Yadav, the RJD contested the election on 20 seats in alliance with the Congress and others. However, the RJD could not win even a single seat.

07:10 am: Smriti Irani thanks Amethi

07:00 am: Jayant Sinha retains his Hazaribagh seat

Union Minister Jayant Sinha wins Hazaribagh Lok Sabha constituency by a margin of 4,79,548 votes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Sinha had registered victory by the margin of 1,59,128 votes. This time, Sinha was pitted against the grand alliance-supported Congress candidate Gopal Sahu and CPI’s Bhuvneshwar Mehta.

06:50 pm: ‘Modi’s 2nd term to lay groundwork for the next 25 years’

“Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a decisive election victory. These next five years of Prime Minister Modi’s leadership will lay the groundwork for the next 25 years in terms of economic growth and prosperity for the country,” said John Chambers, the chairman of the Board of Directors at US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF).

06:30 am: Current trends project BJP to breach the 300-mark

According to current trends, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has won 288 seats and is leading in 15 seats while the Congress has won 50 seats and is leading in 2 seats. YS Jaganmohan Reddy-led YSRCP has emerged a dominant party in the current elections as the Andhra Pradesh-based regional party has won 17 seats and leading in one seat so far.

05:30 am: Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi

After US President Donald Trump congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo followed suit and sent his good wished to the Bharatiya Janata Pary spearhead. Pompeo took to his Twitter handle saying, “Congratulations to @narendramodi and the NDA for their victory in India’s election, and to the Indian people for casting their votes in such historic numbers. As the world’s largest exercise in democracy, #India’s election is an inspiration around the world.”

05:00 am: CWC to meet on Saturday: Sources

After yet another drubbing in the Lok Sabha elections, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) is expected to meet on Saturday in Delhi, suggest reports. In the current trends, the grand old party has won 50 seats and leading on two while the Bharatiya Janata Party is close to amassing over 300 seats. The saffron party is currently winning in 286 seats and leading in 17 seats.

04:30 am: Sonia Gandhi wins from Rae Bareli

After her son and Congress president Rahul Gandhi suffered a humiliating loss in Amethi, senior party leader Sonia Gandhi successfully contested from the Rae Bareli seat. She defeated Dinesh Pratap Singh of the Bharatiya Janata Party by a difference of 1.67 lakh votes.

04:00 am: Smriti Irani thanks the people of Amethi for giving her the mandate

An upbeat Smriti Irani further expressed her delight on winning from the Amethi Lok Sabha seat and said that she intends to do a lot of work in the constituency. “I’m happy that Rahul ji has expressed faith in the PM’s leadership. The people of Amethi have shown their faith in us through votes and I’m thankful to them. I’ve been working with them for 5 years after I lost, now I’ll again serve them, but this time after winning,” added the union minister.

03:30 am: Samajwadi Party loses the Kannuaj seat for the first time in over two decades

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife and Samajwadi Party leader Dimple Yadav failed in her bid to retain the Kannauj constituency after losing it to BJP candidate Subrat Pathak by just 12.3k votes. It is for the first time in over two decades that the Samajwadi Party has lost from Kannauj. Both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav had served from the constituency in the past.

After winning from Kannauj, Subrat Pathak said, “This is the victory of the people of Kannauj. This mandate is against Samajwadi Party’s atrocity, corruption and dynasty politics.”

03:00 am: Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur wins from Bhopal

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur reigned supreme in the Bhopal Lok Sabha seat. She faced a formidable opponent in senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh in the constituency and defeated him by a staggering margin of some 3.64 lakh votes. The constituency was previously held by another BJP leader Alok Sanjar.

02:30 am: Setback to KCR’s daughter in Telangana; Karti Chidambaram win from Sivaganga

Former finance minister P Chidambaram’s son and Congress leader Karti Chidambaram aced the Sivaganga seat after defeating BJP’s H Raja by a heft margin of votes. Chidambaram received 3.3 lakh more votes than Raja.

In Telangana, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter and TRS candidate Kalvakuntla Kavitha suffered a setback in the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency as she lost the seat to BJP candidate Arvind Dharmapuri by a difference of over 70,000 votes.

02:00 am: Maneka Gandhi wins from Sultanpur; Hema Malini retains Mathura

Union Minister Maneka Gandhi edged out her closest opponent, Chandra Bhadra Singh of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the Sultanpur constituency by some 14.5k votes. In Mathura, Hema Malini was triumphant again. The Bollywood veteran defeated Kunwar Narendra Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) by a margin of 3.3 lakh votes.

01:30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi secures comfortable victory in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi secured a comfortable victory in Varanasi seeing off competition from Ajay Rai after receiving 4.79 lakh votes to his name. Elsewhere, union home minister Rajnath Singh retained the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh after winning 3.47 lakh votes in the elections. He pipped Poonam Sinha of the Samajwadi Party (SP) to the MP seat.

01:00 am: Clean sweep for the BJP in Delhi yet again

It is a clean sweep yet again for the BJP in Delhi as the saffron party retained all the seven Lok Sabha seats in the union territory by a comfortable margin. Here are the winners from Delhi:

Chandni Chowk — Harsh Vardhan
East Delhi — Gautam Gambhir
New Delhi — Meenakshi Lekhi
North East Delhi — Manoj Tiwari
North West Delhi — Hans Raj Hans
South Delhi — Ramesh Bhiduri
West Delhi — Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma

12:41 am: Rahul’s rhetorics helped me a lot: Amethi victor Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani thanked PM Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for her victory in Congress bastion Amethi. “It’s a time to be humble. PM, Yogi, Work helped me win. Rahul’s rhetorics helped me a lot,” she said in a statement.
Irani beat the Congress president by a margin of more than 50,000 votes.

12.15 am: US President Donald Trump congratulates Modi on the BIG win

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to congratulate PM Narendra Modi on his re-election on Friday. “Congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his BJP party on their BIG election victory! Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!” Trump said in a statement on Twitter.

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