The combination of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in 2019 may have exorcised the ghosts of the party’s disastrous 2004 ‘India Shining’ campaign.Twitter/IANSExit polls have predicted the return of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to power, sending the markets into a tizzy. The huge majority expected for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has spurred the stock markets to new highs. Traders hope that the prospect of the installation of a market-friendly government will bring back the foreign portfolio investors (FPI) that had taken flight during the six-week-long seven-phase election process.The markets are likely to price in the euphoria ahead of the May 23 counting and there is a chance of the volatility peaking. The election outcome is likely to emerge only in a day or two after the counting begins because of the delay in matching the VVPAT (voter-verified paper audit trail) slips with the EVM (electronic voting machine) numbers.The exit polls predict that the NDA could win between 267 and 354 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. In contrast, the BJP-led NDA won 336 seats in 2014, as against 60 of the main opposition Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) that is projecting Rahul Gandhi as its prime minister candidate. The mish-mash of regional parties and the left outfits won 147 seats in 2014.But the political observers have been right in cautioning the market to temper the euphoria that the exit polls have triggered. They cite the euphoria created by the exit poll predictions of 2004 after the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led BJP mounted the India Shining campaign. Most major exit polls then suggested that the NDA would come back to power with a wide lead over the Congress-led alliance. Congress president Rahul Gandhi would fervently want to draw parallels between 2004 and 2014 Lok Sabha election campaigns.Of course, the figures that the surveys threw up then were much moderate than the 2019 exit polls. Only Sahara DRS and Star News Cvoter surveys placed NDA beyond the half-way mark of 272 seats. Sahara DRS poll projected a tally of 278 seats for NDA against 181 for the UPA, while Star News CVoter survey gave the NDA 275 seats and UPA 186. In fact, the average of five major surveys predicted 260 seats for the BJP-led front and 188 for the UPA. However, the NDA ended up with 189 seats against the UPA’s 225. The rest is history with two stints of Manmohan Singh as prime minister until the 2014 Modi wave.Some experts point out that exit polls would be closer to the actual results in a less emotionally charged election. This is because exit polls often reflect the voters’ perception of the scenario rather than his or her actual preference. In an atmosphere that is extremely vitiated by the social media and massive campaigns, there is all the more a chance of the voters’ perception being influenced by the last message that got imprinted in the memory.Therefore, veteran traders suggest caution while trading the election news with tight stop-loss settings. The market could see some profit-taking ahead of the results on Thursday, especially after the single day surge of more than 1,400 points to close at 39,352 points of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) benchmark Sensex and 400 points of the National Stock Exchange benchmark Nifty to close at 11,828 points taking the benchmark indices to shouting distances of all-time high points.Of course, 2019 is not exactly 2004 and the combine of Prime Minister Modi and BJP president Amit Shah is not that of Vajpayee and LK Advani. The BJP’s vote share has surged since 2004 and there is no denying that the party has spread into more areas with strong organizational buildups. Therefore, the exit polls this time could hit the bull’s eye.
Map of RajshahiUnidentified miscreants have allegedly abducted two college teachers from Charghat upazila of Rajshahi on Saturday afternoon. One of the teachers returned his home in the evening while other remains missing, their relatives said.The victims, Bazlur Rahman, lecturer of political science of Charghat Dakra Degree College, and Shafiqur Rahman Ujjal of the English department of the same college, were picked up at around 11 am while they returning home by motorbike.Eyewitnesses said they were intercepted by another motorbike in front of Anupampur High School while several other persons in a microbus picked them up. The microbus then whisked them off towards Charghat upazila sadar.Bazlur Rahman later returned home in the evening as the abductors left him at Dashuriya of Pabna district. Bazlur said, he couldn’t recognize the abductors and doesn’t have any clue as to why they were picked up.Law enforcers have denied any involvement in the incident.Officer-in-Charge of Charghat police station, Nazrul Islam told Prothom Alo that they know nothing of the incident. But the police is now searching for the abducted teacher.Deputy commander of RAB-5 Ashraful Islam also denied that they conducted any such operation. The force is also looking for the whereabouts of the teacher, he claimed.
A five-story residential building tilted at Khalifaghat in the city’s Kamrangirchar area on Monday, reports UNB.Dana Mia, an operator of Fire Service and Civil Defence control room, said being informed by locals, a team of firefighters went to the spot around 12:44pm and all the residents of the building were evacuated.UNB Keraniganj Correspondent reports that residents of four more adjacent buildings of the area were also evacuated fearing danger.Shahin Fakir, officer-in-charge of Kamrangirchar police station, said the five-story building was built in the area six months ago and one Samad Mia bought the building from its previous owner Shaheen in January.The firefighting unit members said the building was built without doing the pilling work properly.
×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Global streaming giant, Netflix has picked up drug war drama “AMO” as its first series from The Philippines. The show was produced by broadcaster TV5 and directed by Brillante Mendoza. Netflix will roll it out worldwide from April 9, 2018.AMO tells the story of Joseph, a high school student who starts out as a small-time “shabu” peddler, whose involvement in the drug trade eventually gets him entangled in the violent and dangerous circle of drug lords, crooked cops, and corrupt government officials.The series stars Vince Rillon, an upcoming indie film actor from the movies “Captive,” “Fallback,” and “Bagahe,” and Derek Ramsay, a veteran of numerous movies and TV shows.Mendoza is The Philippines’ best-known film director, with credits that include “Service,” “Kinatay” and “Thy Womb.” The most recent of his three Cannes competition titles “Ma Rosa” similarly probes the milieu of small time drug dealers and the endemic violence and corruption of the police. A timely production, it highlighted the brute force of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. It has been estimated that since Duterte’s election, more than 3,000 drug dealers and users have been shot dead by police. “AMO is a bold and suspenseful show that has the potential of capturing thrill-seeking audiences worldwide,” said Robert Roy, VP of Content Acquisition at Netflix.“We are excited to finally be able to share AMO with everyone. Brillante has done a beautiful job in bringing paper to life, and the show’s acquisition provides an additional platform to help share the first-ever Filipino series on Netflix to a worldwide audience,” said TV5 President & CEO, Chot Reyes, in a statement.