South India elections 2024: NDA surges ahead in key states

As votes are counted in South India, the NDA’s resurgence shapes the political landscape. Strategic alliances and shifting voter sentiments underscore the region’s pivotal role in national politics.

As the votes are being meticulously tallied in the colossal electoral exercise spanning seven phases, the anticipation reaches its zenith across Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. The battleground states of the South witness a pivotal showdown between the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the formidable Opposition conglomerate, INDIA.

Exit polls reverberate unanimously, forecasting a significant upswing in the NDA’s fortunes across the southern landscape. The alliance, spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, eyes an unprecedented third term, while INDIA endeavours to forge a commanding presence in the Lok Sabha.

In Andhra Pradesh, the strategic alliance between the NDA and Chandrababu Naidu emerges as a formidable force, poised to win 18 out of the state’s 25 parliamentary seats. This alliance signals a seismic shift in the region’s political dynamics, indicating a potential realignment of power structures.

Similarly, traditionally a Congress bastion, Karnataka braces for a seismic political shift as the BJP manoeuvres to secure a substantial majority.

In Telangana, the electoral landscape witnessed a dramatic twist with the decline of K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi (TRS). Exit polls indicate a formidable challenge for the Congress, struggling to capitalise on its previous assembly triumph. The BJP emerges as a formidable contender, poised to seize over half of the state’s 17 parliamentary seats.

Exit polls predict electoral gains for the BJP in Tamil Nadu, foreseeing acquiring at least two seats. In Kerala, the BJP is projected to secure a solitary seat, signalling a paradigm shift in the state’s political landscape.

The enthusiasm surrounding the South Indian elections underscores the region’s pivotal role in shaping the nation’s political trajectory. As the electoral saga unfolds, the NDA’s resurgence in key states reverberates as a testament to evolving voter sentiments and the alliance’s strategic prowess.