www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL MONDAY 20 MAY 2019 `5.00 PAGES 16 Forecast: Mostly Sunny Temp: Max.41°C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 24% Sunrise: 05:47 Sunset: 06:41 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H RAMZAN TIMINGS IFTAR (Mon) SEHER (Tue) 06:48 PM 04:13 AM PHIR EK BAAR MODI SARKAR? Exit polls predict NDA to cross 300 mark; UPA to get 126 Participants run during the World 10K Marathon for the elite women field, in Bengaluru, on Sunday India needs mega banks to compete globally: CEA New Delhi: Batting for PSU banks' consolidation, chief economic advisor Krishnamurthy V Subramanian has said having a few good banks is a good idea as they can compete, and their quality can get enhanced to compete globally with the best in the world. "Having a few large Indian banks is a good idea. By encouraging some of our healthy banks to become big and thereby tap into savings elsewhere, it will be a positive thing.” S P6 S Multiple surveys predict majority for NDA S 3 polls show seat share in excess of 300 S Voting held on 7 polling days, ended on Saturday New Delhi: The poll of polls, a round-up of the exit polls on Sunday, predicted that the Narendra Modiled NDA government is likely to come back to power, with the poll of polls projecting the BJP-led alliance to win overall 296 seats out of 543 Lok Sabha seats. The poll prediction also pegged the Congressled UPA to win 126 seats and others posting a victory in 120 seats. The results of the 2019 general election are awaited on May 23. The BJP may win almost as many seats as it did in 2014 and form a government comfortably, predict the exit polls. The poll of polls indicates that the BJP, as it had calculated, will make up for its losses in Uttar Pradesh with Odisha and West Bengal. In Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress will get 26 of 42 seats and the BJP will move to double digits at 14, predict the exit polls. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will be neck and neck with the BJP, says the poll of polls. The gains in these two states will help make up for what the BJP is predicted to lose in Uttar Pradesh, where it scooped 71 of 80 seats in 2014. The poll of POLL OF POLLS Agency NDA UPA Times Now-VMR C-Voter Jan Ki Baat IPSOS Neilson News Nation Chanakya My Axis 306 287 305 336 267 282-290 350 360 132 128 124 82 127 118-126 95 98 104 127 113 124 148 130-138 97 84 317 126 115 Total (Estimated) polls predicts 49 seats for the BJP in UP now. The Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav combination is given 26 seats while the Congress is set to do no better than it did in 2014 - two seats. The poll of polls also indicates that the Congress may not reap much from its December victories in three big heartland states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. "The exit polls results are according to our expectations," BJP national vice president Vinay Sahasrabudhe said. "The grand alliance experiment has failed. The BSP and SP could not take our votes. The main opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh are divided thin, whose beneﬁts the BJP got." Voting in one of India's most acrimonious elections in decades ended on Sunday after seven rounds held over a month-and-ahalf. The results will be declared on Thursday, but before that the exit polls are attempting to predict how Modi's BJP, Rahul Gandhi's Congress, their allies and other parties are likely to score. Continued on Page 15 2019 polls throw a Exit polls make KCR new role for Naidu happy New Delhi: TDP president and AP Chief Minister Naidu has taken up on his shoulders playing the role of UPA convenor uniting all Opposition parties. He met UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the ﬁrst time for one on one talks on Sunday. Both the leaders discussed the political situation for about 45 minutes. With other leaders, including NCP leader Sharad Pawar too trying to assume the role of UPA convener, Naidu lost no time after elections in Andhra Pradesh and rushed to Delhi. He visited the Election Commission office and registered strong objection to the re-polling ordered in a few seats in AP. Immediately after stepping out of the EC office, the TDP chief began his political tour. In TDP’s history, the party allied with the Congress for the ﬁrst time, as Naidu was on a mission to form an antiModi government at the Centre. A former ally of the BJP, Naidu broke ties after the Modi government refused to grant the special category status to Andhra Pradesh after its bifurcation. Continuing his efforts to stitch the unity, Naidu held two meetings with Rahul Gandhi in 24 hours. Their discussions focussed mostly on the strategy ahead and how to swiftly stake claim to form government once they have numbers. Continued on Page 15 Modi’s meditation activity dubious, says Naidu AP CM ASKS EC TO ACT ON TELECAST OF PM’S SHRINE VISITS New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Sunday claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Uttarakhand's Kedarnath shrine on Saturday was a violation of the poll code and asked the Election Commission to ensure that "continuous telecast of his private activities" are stopped with immediate effect. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, Naidu also accused Modi of "supporting and promoting" illegal betting through his remarks at a press conference on Friday. The event in question was the Prime Minister's ﬁrst in ﬁve years. The letter alleged that Modi's visit to Kedarnath shrine amounted to inﬂuencing voters in a manner that violated rules put forth by the Election Commission. "Narendra Modi went to Badrinath and Kedarnath on an official visit on May 18 and 19, and all his activities are being displayed and continu- ously telecast by all television news channels. This is a clear violation of the Model Code of Conduct because it (amounts to) indirect canvassing, inﬂuencing voters through a person's religious beliefs and public display of his personal religious activities," it read. Naidu also expressed concerns about the continuous telecast of the Prime Minister indulging in activities such as meditating in caves and walking around "in various costumes" affecting the level playing ﬁeld in the ongoing polls. 89.29 % votes polled in Chandragiri repolling HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: Repolling in seven polling booths of the Chandragiri constituency on Sunday witnessed a huge turnout of voters with 89.29 per cent of polling percentage. This was a little less than the 90.42 per cent recorded on April 11. Barring a couple of minor incidents, the entire process was calm and peaceful. Amidst tight security arrangements in which each polling station was escorted by 250 police sleuths and monitored by Additional SP rank officers, people queued up to the booths to cast their votes from the morning till the end of polling. They did not even care the scorching Sun and stood up in the queue lines to exercise Others their franchise. The seven polling stations went to polling again as the Election Commission (EC) has ordered repoll after it found that irregularities have took place there at the time of polling held on April 11. After receiving complaints, the EC arrived at the decision based on the reports sent by the district authorities after examining the CC TV footage of several polling stations. District authorities have made elaborate arrangements to conduct the re- polling without giving any undue advantage to any political party or candidates. Even though, the EC has ordered repoll in two booths less than 24 hours of polling, fool proof arrangements were made there also. Among the seven booths, Pulivarthipalli has seen huge turnout of voters as a polling percentage of 95.03 was recorded there followed by Kalepalli with 94.64 percent whereas Kuppam Baduru registered 92.04 percent. Continued on Page 15 AP cliffhanger Jagan gives jolt… But Naidu may return as CM Exit polls divided on Andhra outcome Agency TDP Lagadapati 90-110 65-79 0 India Today 37-40 130-135 0-1 JSP INSN 118 52 5 CPS 43-44 130-133 0-1 Front ‘partners’ fare well in polls HANS NEWS SERVICE Hyderabad: Chief Minister and TRS chief K Chandrashekar Rao analysed the exit poll predictions of various media outlets and discussed about the chances of the parties in the Federal Front. According to party sources, the Chief Minister ﬁnished off his Kaleshwaram tour and went to his farmhouse and took note of the exit poll predictions by different organisations with party leaders. According to sources, the Chief Minister was happy to note that the exit poll predictions gave good number of seats to the parties which the TRS chief has been persuading to join the Federal Front. The exit polls gave good number of seats to DMK, TMC, BJD, Samajwadi (part of ‘Gatbandhan’ of SP and BSP). Continued on Page 15 YSRCP ADVANTAGE TDP IN AP Clean sweep for TRS in Telangana HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirupati: Former Vijayawada MP Lagadapati Rajagopal has predicted big win for the ruling TDP in Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections and a clean sweep for the TRS in Lok Sabha polls held in Telangana. Continued on Page 15 Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu may get another term in the state, but his dream to play kingmaker at the Centre is unlikely to take off with YSRCP chief Jaganmohan Reddy making signiﬁcant dent in the Lok Sabha elections, according to most exit polls. The News18-IPSOS exit poll survey has predicted that the YSRCP will be able to win 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state, eclipsing the TDP tally of 11 seats. The Republic-C Voter survey has predicted a win for TDP with 14 Lok Sabha seats followed by YSRCP with 11 Lok Sabha seats and zero seats for NDA and UPA, while the India Today Axis poll has given TDP Lok Sabha 4-6 seats and YSRCP Lok Sabha 18-20 seats. The Chanakya-News24 poll has predicted a win for TDP with 17 Lok Sabha seats while YSR is pegged at winning 8 Lok Sabha seats. Continued on Page 15
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