The BSE Sensex ended at closing high of 21,326.42 with a gain of 329.89 points or 1.57 percent while the NSE CNX Nifty closed at 6,363.90 points, a hefty rise of 104.00 points or 1.66 percent. Across markets, 5 out of every ten stocks rose. This helped investor wealth soar by about Rs 75,000 crore.
    
Besides BJP's strong performance in Assembly polls in four states, sustained capital inflows and a firming trend in the global markets also helped markets cement gains.
    
Ahead of Lok Sabha polls, BJP handed a severe 4-0 drubbing to Congress in polls in which it snatched Rajasthan and retained Madhya Pradesh with landslide wins, holding on to power in Chhattisgarh and good show in Delhi.
    
The BSE 30-share barometer soared to an historic high of 21,483.74 points, before paring some gains to settle at an all-time closing high of 21,326.42, beating its previous record of 21,321.53 set on November 3. It had gained 287.82 points in the previous two sessions after exit polls showed BJP putting up a good show in four states.
    
Buying was mainly seen across-the-board with 12 out of BSE 13 sectoral indices closing in the green. The BSE Consumer durables, however, ended with a fall of 0.11 percent.
    
The 50-share Nifty of the NSE also scaled a new intra-day record high of 6,415.25, surpassing its previous intra-day high of 6,357.10 registered on January 8, 2008.
    
Mirroring stocks movement, rupee strengthened rose to almost four-month high of 60.84 (intra-day) and was last last trading at 61.06 level against the US dollar.
    
Among the 30-share Sensex pack, 26 stocks closed with gains while four finished lower. ICICI Bank led the Sensex gainers with a rise of 5.16 percent, Sesa Sterlite by 5.04 percent, Larsen and Toubro by 4.52 percent and Maruti Suzuki by 3.85 percent and ONGC by 3.48 percent.
    
NTPC (2.85 percent), Hindalco Industries (2.74 percent), GAIL India (1.80 percent), RIL (1.30 percent) and Infosys (0.33 percent) also locked smart gains.

(Agencies)

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