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May 12, 2014

India elections: Exit polls predict Modi win

Today was the final day of voting in India’s national elections. With 814 million eligible voters, India has been voting in phases over six weeks. The Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi is seen as the front-runner for prime minister. Opinion polls almost unanimously predict Modi's BJP will emerge as the largest party when votes are tallied on Friday to fill 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, or House of the People. India's rupee and stocks surged as investors bet Modi will usher in a stable government focused on reviving Asia's third-largest economy. Results are expected on Friday. --Thea Breite (16 photos total)

People wait in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Jaunpur, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Monday, May 12, 2014. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP)

Indian children look out from the locked door of their hostel as polling agents of political parties go through the voter list outside a polling station, in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, May 12, 2014. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP) #

Indian election officials seal an electronic voting machine after the closing of a polling center in Kunwarpur village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Monday, May 12, 2014. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP) #

Indian polling official, Nirmal Lodh, seals an electronic voting machine at a polling station during the ninth and final phase of the parliamentary elections in Calcutta, India, 12 May 2014. (Piyal Adhikary/EPA) #

Onlookers watch share prices on a digital broadcast on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) headquarters in Mumbai on May 12, 2014. India's stock market surged to its second consecutive record high and the rupee rallied on expectations exit polls released later May 12 will show the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning national elections. (Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images) #

Voters look at a placard displaying election symbols of various political parties as they wait to cast their vote at a polling station in the final phase of the general election in Varanasi in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh May 12, 2014. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters) #

A woman pauses before casting her vote at a polling station on the final day of polling in Varanasi, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Monday, May 12, 2014. (/Bernat Armangue/AP) #

Indian Trinamool Party workers protest against the Communist Party near a polling station during the ninth and final phase of the parliamentary elections in Calcutta, India, 12 May 2014. (Piyal Adhikary/EPA) #

A young girl holds her mother's hand as Indian muslim women arrive at a polling station to cast their vote in Azamgarh, about 275 kms from Lucknow in northern Uttar Pradesh state on May 12, 2014. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images) #

Bicycles decorated with India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) flags and an image of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for BJP, are parked inside the BJP headquarters in New Delhi May 12, 2014.Challenger Modi sought a personal mandate in the holy city of Varanasi, crowning his campaign to rule the country with a mix of pro-business policies and Hindu nationalism. (Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters) #

Relatives and polling workers help carry the wheelchair of 105 year old Ginni Jogai after voting at a polling station on May 12, 2014 in Varanasi, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #

An Indian Muslim woman votes at a polling station on May 12, 2014 in Varanasi, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #

Indian women wait in line to vote at a polling station on May 12, 2014 in Varanasi, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #

Indian voters wait to cast their ballots at a polling station in Azamgarh, about 275 kms from Lucknow in northern Uttar Pradesh state on May 12, 2014. (Sanjay Kanoijia AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman displays the indelible ink mark on her finger after casting her vote at a polling station in Kunwarpur village, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northwest of Jaunpur district, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, India, Monday, May 12, 2014. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP) #

An Indian election worker closes up an electronic voting machine before sealing it after the final polls closed a polling station on May 12, 2014 in Varanasi, India. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) #

 
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