Voting has ended in India’s marathon election with exit polls indicating that Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi will be the next prime minister.
His opposition BJP and its allies are forecast to sweep to a parliamentary majority.
A record 66 percent turnout has been recorded over five weeks of voting.
Some polls predict the worst ever result for the ruling Congress party. Votes will be counted on Friday.
“We want a truthful, clean and good government,” said retired government worker Girija Shankar in the holy city of Varanasi.
“We should only support a person who can deliver this to us.”
Businessman Jawad Naim, also speaking in the northern city, said: “Whichever government comes to power should respect everyone equally. Since independence, whatever equality the constitution has given us, we should have that…we want the government to see everyone with the same eyes.”
Modi’s critics claim he turned a blind eye to religious riots in 2002 in the state of Gujurat where he is chief minister. Over 1,000 people - most of them Muslims - were killed
Modi denies the accusations and a Supreme Court
inquiry found no evidence to prosecute him.