Election Results Day Observed With Google Doodle

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Google is marking election results day 2014 with a doodle on its home page. The doodle shows an inked finger incorporated into the logo as the l in the word Google.

Election results day 2014 will mark the culmination of the biggest polling effort the world has seen. Vote counting will start at 8am local time at the climax of a marathon six-week election that saw a record 551 million people file through polling booths from the Himalayas to the country's southern tip.

Survey after survey has indicated that on election results day, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is heading for its best ever result in a parliamentary election after 10 years of rule by the leftist Congress party.

The BJP's previous best showing was in elections in 1998 and 1999 when it won 182 seats and ran the country until a shock defeat to Congress in 2004.

Exit polls, which failed to predict the 2004 reversal, forecast that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) should reach a majority of 272 seats on election results day - with other allies keen to join.

After a highly personalised campaign built around leader Narendra Modi and his record running western Gujarat state, expectations are sky-high of what Modi will deliver in a chaotic and still poor country that is home to a sixth of humanity.

"I've been to Gujarat and I saw good roads, good infrastructure and good hotels - it was quite like America," said Ajit Singh, a wrestling coach who spoke to AFP on the streets of New Delhi.

"When Modi comes there will be progress," he said.

Stock markets have risen 5.0 percent in the build up to election results day as heady - many say unrealistic - optimism has returned to a country frustrated with its leaders over low economic growth, rising food prices and corruption.

Modi's promises to revive the flagging economy have won him corporate cheerleaders, while his rags-to-riches story and reputation as a clean and efficient administrator satisfy many Indians' desire for strong leadership.

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Written with inputs from AFP

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