In such a scenario, the political parties have rushed into action to figure out the mathematical score.  The regional parties, which had once aspired to form a government at the Centre by forming a ‘Third Front’, now seem to be riding on the 'Modi wave', as they have started chalking out their post poll strategies.

While Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Jayalalithaa's AIADMK have already indicated that they might rejoin the NDA camp, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress (TMC) remains adamant on its ‘anti-Modi, anti-BJP’ stand.

On the other hand, UPA ally Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) that triggered controversy when its leader Praful Patel had said that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party, dismissed speculation about cosying up to the NDA.

The exit polls are giving between 249 and 290 seats to Narendra Modi-led government, which is close to the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

According to an exit poll by NDTV-Hansa, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to get 279 seats in the elections, crossing the required majority mark in the 543-member House while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alone could clock its highest-ever tally of 235 seats.

On the other hand, the ruling Congress-led UPA was tipped to get between 101 and 148 seats while 'others', including regional parties and Left, were projected to get between 146 and 156 seats.

BJD has given clear indications of providing conditional support to Modi-led-government at the Centre.

BJD chief and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said that he is yet to take any decision on the issue of support and was awaiting the Lok Sabha poll results.

"No such thought has been given. No decision has been taken at the moment. We will see in the future," Patnaik told reporters here when asked whether he would support NDA if Odisha is granted 'special' category status.
He noted that BJD's policy has been to "keep equi-distance both from the BJP and the Congress".
However, BJD's chief whip Pravat Tripathy said, "Keeping in view the opinion of the whole country and the state's interest, there should be no problem in providing conditional support to NDA to form government at the Centre."

BJD was a part of the NDA alliance for several years but broke away in 2009.


AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has still not revealed her cards to the BJP.

Hinting at support to the BJP, AIADMK leader K Malaisamy had said that Jayalalithaa and BJP’s prime ministerial candidate shared good relations with each other and the former would like to continue the close ties with him.

"Modi is great friend of Jayalalithaa, they may differ politically. If he becomes PM then Madam would like close ties," he had reportedly said.


Trinamool Congress, projected to do well in Lok Sabha polls in the 42 constituencies in West Bengal, has ruled out a post-poll alignment with NDA.
"The question of supporting such a formation does not arise," the national spokesperson of TMC Derek O'Brien said.
TMC, which secured 19 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal last time when it had an alliance with Congress in 2009, would do 'much better' this time when it fought alone, he said.

Key UPA ally NCP has expected that the BJP will emerge as the single largest party.  Senior party leader and Union Minister Praful Patel said the people's mandate has to be respected as the country has to move forward.
"Call it the exit polls or the opinion polls, this is the general view that BJP will emerge as the single largest party," he told reporters here while assessing the possible outcome of the Lok Sabha elections.
Asked if his party would support NDA if it falls short of the half-way mark of 272 seats, Patel said no conjecture should be drawn against NCP or it taking any sides.
"We are not looking at any particular position. We are a part of UPA. Let's not draw a particular conjecture. It's important that people's mandate has to be respected, whatever it may be. We had a mandate for 10 years, we have done whatever we could in the best interest of the country. Therefore in the coming five years, whatever the results, it should lead to a stable government which could decisively govern for the next five years," the outgoing Union Minister said.


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