ive weeks after they began, the 2014 Indian elections come to a close today, with the final 41 constituencies going to the polls in the ninth phase.
Sixty-six million voters from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal will vote among 606 candidates. But all the attention will be on Narendra Modi as he battles it out with the leader of the Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi. Modi also stood from Vadodara in his home state of Gujarat.
By the end of the day, the world’s biggest exercise in democracy — spanning 543 constituencies across 3.2 million square kilometers — will be over. Except the results.
The votes will be counted on May 16, when India finds out who forms its next government. BJP leaders like Ravi Shankar Prasad are convinced that the NDA will cross 300 seats, but the big question is exactly how successful the Modi-led National Democratic Alliance will be.
But the magic number, of course, is 272.
That’s it from The 545 Poll Tracker.
Rishi Iyengar comes from Pune, India. He is interested in sports, politics, and a bunch of stuff in between. At the Columbia Journalism School, he’s better known as VP. Find out why by following him at @iyengarrishi
Devjyot Ghoshal is a professional deadline beater and a multimedia journalist. Currently, he spends time attending lectures at the Columbia Journalism School. He argues with random people @devjyotghoshal