The seven-phased polls came to an end on May 19.
"My dear Congress workers, sisters and brothers..."
"Dear Congress workers, next 24 hours are important". Be alert and vigilant. "Don't be afraid. You are fighting for the truth", Gandhi, head of the Congress party, said on Twitter. Don't be disheartened by the propaganda of fake exit polls. Have faith in yourselves and Congress. Your hard work will not go to waste. "Jai Hind (Bow to the motherland)", he wrote.
The sprawling central office of BJP here is all decked up for the D-day, that is, May 23, when the party is expecting a favourable result after most of the exit polls have predicted a massive victory for it in the Lok Sabha polls. The large gathering is being planned for a grand welcome for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said party leaders.
The Congress, which suffered a humiliating defeat in 2014 as it could only win 44 out of 542 seats, has given a tough fight to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) this time. It then cobbled together an alliance with a commanding 334 seats. If there is a clear trend, this should be evident by around midday (0630 GMT).
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The opposition alliance has also protested to India's Election Commission over the electronic voting machines (EVMs) used in the count, that they alleged can be tampered with, and requested a delay to counting while votes are tallied with a backup paper audit trail.
The Election Commission moved swiftly to refute the reports, saying voting machines were "absolutely safe in strongrooms", and those shown in video clips were reserves. BJP chief Amit Shah said the campaign started on March 28 from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh and the Prime Minister addressed 142 public rallies, held four roadshows and, according to conservative estimates, directly addressed about 1.5 crore people. "Going forward in the medium term, we expect the markets to consolidate post the election outcome as focus would shift back to fundamentals (corporate earnings) and global cues which has been volatile due to re-escalation of trade tensions between US-China", said Jayant Manglik, president of retail distribution at Religare Broking. "The administration has provided a tent where we camp round the clock", Singh told AFP.
The count began Thursday morning and was expected to conclude by the evening.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has warned of violence on Thursday and asked top police and civil officials of states to take preventive measures.