Modi's BJP leads on 39.3% with quarter of votes counted

Journalists watch as election results on a television screen in a media room set up outside an election vote counting centre in Mumbai on 4 June 2024.AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in first place on 39.3 per cent with a quarter of votes counted in India's election, national election commission data showed Tuesday.

The BJP and its coalition allies were leading in at least 281 seats, the commission's figures showed, above the 272 needed for a lower house parliamentary majority.