The twin issues of corruption and unemployment rang the death knell for Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) as young Indians voted enthusiastically in favour of Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, the man who promised change and opportunities.

While the BJP created an electoral record by becoming the first party in 30 years to win a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha, many regional parties were pushed to corner with some of them merely opening their account.

The Samajwadi Party (SP), which is the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh, is leading only on seven seats with three candidates belonging to members of party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's family and two seats from where he himself is contesting. In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the Samajwadi Party had won 21 seats.

Another regional heavyweight of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has failed to open an account so far.

The party, which claims to represent the oppressed class, even failed to maintain lead in any of the 80 seats.

Bihar too witnessed the similar fate with the Janata Dal (United) failing to live up to its expectation. So far, this party has won in one seat and is trailing in four seats.

While the BJP and its allies are ahead in 28 seats in Bihar as per the latest trends. Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), an alliance of the BJP in the state, is leading on five seats with party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag Paswan performing well

Lalu Prasad Yadav-led- Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is leading merely in four seats.

In an unprecedented dismal show, M Karunanidhi-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) headed for a rout in Tamil Nadu as the party is leading just on few seats out of 39 seats in the state.

Only two regional parties are emerging stronger in this election.

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) extends its winning trait since the 2011 assembly elections as the party is surging ahead in 35 out of total 39 seats.

Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee-led-Trinamool Congress seemed set to sweep the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal with the party leading ahead in 33 of the total 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. This would be the best performance of the TMC in the state, bettering the 19 seat tally that it grabbed in 2009.

In the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the then Trinamool Congress-Congress- Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist (SUCI-C) alliance had won 26 seats.


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