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The day before the results, the big Sensex rise

Domestic equity indices opened at record highs today on the back of post-election polls predicting a return of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government. A better-than-expected GDP growth of 8.2 per cent in FY2024 and S&P's upward revision of India's rating outlook from stable to positive also cheered the market, analysts said. The BSE Sensex crossed the 76,500-mark for the first time on Monday. The 30-share index opened at 76,583.29, up 2,621.98 points or 3.55 per cent. The Nifty opened at a record high of 23,337.9, up 807.2 points or 3.58 per cent. Read more

How the BJP can break through the bastion of the South

If exit polls are to be believed, things are certainly looking positive for the BJP-led NDA in the south. According to exit polls, the BJP, which is trying to gain a foothold in the south, will post a strong showing in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh and make significant gains in Telangana and Tamil Nadu. While the overall exit polls show a big lead for the DMK-led INDIA alliance in Tamil Nadu, giving it 33-39 of the total 39 seats – which was expected – they give the BJP about four seats. The national party had not won a single seat in Tamil Nadu in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Karnataka could hold a surprise if the BJP repeats its 2019 dominance when it won 27 of the 28 seats, given the Congress party's big win in the state elections last year. Even Telangana would be a surprise if the post-election polls are correct, as the BJP has never played a major role here. Read more

How the BJP is preparing for the weekend celebrations

Confident of a landslide victory, as predicted by exit polls, the BJP is reportedly planning a “political event” alongside the official swearing-in ceremony of the new government, likely to take place over the weekend. Sources said preparations for the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan began last week. Sources said the Central Public Works Department is “already” working on the event. The “political event” is likely to take place on the same day as the official swearing-in ceremony at the Bharat Mandapam or Kartavya Path, the sources said. It will serve as a showcase of “India's cultural heritage”, possibly with a light and sound show. 8,000 to 10,000 people are likely to attend, including “representatives of foreign governments”. Read more

Why 400 pairs are rare, only happened once

In a few hours, we will finally know how close the BJP or NDA is to its much-vaunted seat target of '400 seats'. In Indian electoral history, a party has exceeded this number only once, when the Congress won 414 seats (out of 541 parties contesting the election) in the Lok Sabha elections after Indira Gandhi's assassination. Even in the initial years after independence, when the Congress was the dominant party, its seat numbers were more modest – between 1951-52 and 1977, the party reached its highest number of 371 seats in 1957, while it won more than 300 seats in 1951-52, 1957, 1962 and 1971. However, in the emergency elections of 1977, the Congress won only 154 seats. By 1980, it had recovered to 353 seats. Read more to know why the 400 mark is so difficult to exceed.