After 39 days of voting involving as many as 900 million voters, voting in India's major parliamentary elections is on Sunday, starting a countdown to the final performance announcement on Thursday.
After a wrong majority during the last election in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party, or B.J.P., are expected to lose places this time.
Deepening concerns about the economy and on allegations that B.J.P.'s Hindu first conservative creed puts Muslims and other minorities at risk has led to many Indians voting for Mr. Modi party last time to say they could change. The biggest recipient of such a shift would be the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi.
No one expects B.J.P. just yet. And some analysts believe it is still possible that the party will win another majority, or at least be within the framework of a coalition that will set Mr. Fashion back at the Prime Minister's office.
Here's a look at how the world's greatest choices were unfolded and what to expect in the next few days.
Here comes the exit surveys
Exit polls are starting to be released soon after the polls close on Sunday evening, but the official results will not be released until Thursday. In the meantime, the studies will run large headlines in the Indian news media, such as either B.J.P. or congress – or both parties – will act as evidence of impending victory.
"In the majority of cases, examinations have depicted the true image," Josukutty Cheriantharayil Abraham, an assistant professor of political science and director of the research research center at the University of Kerala.  "It may not be correct in terms of the number of seats or percentages, but it can certainly show the trends that are likely to win and lose. Earlier, this has been the case for the majority of cases, but there are cases where it has gone wrong. "
It also recalls that this is a parliamentary election – it's about parties, not a simple choice between Mr. Modi and Mr gandhi. Local issues and rivals are always great in Indian elections. And deal-making with smaller parties arranged around the region or identity can, however, play a major role in determining who will become prime minister.
How will we find out the results?
The voice itself has taken more than five weeks, performed exclusively on hundreds of thousands of computer voters drawn from state to state over India's vast territory.
But the official count only takes part of the day on Thursday, because the totals are already listed in the voting machines themselves. The voices will be analyzed and in some cases verified against printed ballot papers generated by each voting machine starting at. 8 on Thursday. The official results are expected to be published at noon local time.
What if no party wins a majority?
It is quite possible that B.J.P. will not win 272 or more out of 543 parliamentary seats voted this year. If that happens, it will come down to act to form a coalition.
"Every head of a large regional front knows that he or she may be able to supply the seats that set the party at the top," said Milan Vaishnav, a senior scholar at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. "Many are waiting for the phone if their number is to be called on May 23."
Here are three of the most influential regional parties waiting for this call.
Bahujan Samaj : The party counts Dalits or low-cast Indians, as its core constituency. Mayawati, party leader, has not announced who she would come back in a coalition scenario, although many believe she is acceptable to B.J.P. if the party gives her a leading role in the government.
Telangana Rashtra Samiti : Based in Telangana, a state in southern India, the party has no regional political rivals and is likely to win about 17 seats. Party leader, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, has already announced that it would be part of an alliance on the right terms.
Biju Janata Dal : A strong party in Odisha, a state in eastern India, B.J.D. faces competition from B.J.P. on his home turf. It has allied with B.J.P. before, but maybe thinking twice if its political independence is threatened.
A record rating of Indian women
For the woman, female voters are expected to throw as many as half of the total votes for the first time – and perhaps more. Considering that officials expect up to 900 million total votes nationwide, it is a large number. But more importantly, Indian women's voices will finally be proportional to their numbers – even though they are not yet properly represented in the number of parliamentary seats they have.
Both in the number of female voters and in the total number of participants throughout the country 2019 elections are expected to set records, further expand India's role as the world's largest democracy. Violence is lower, but not absent
Violence has almost always played a role in Indian elections, either between parties or gangs or on a larger scale in the form of joint violence between religious or cast groups. This choice has been relatively peaceful compared to the past. But since the vote began last month, a person has been killed and several candidates have been attacked, including clashes between supporters of various parties, according to local news reports. Jeffrey Gettleman and Ayesha Venkataraman helped report. 
Violence has almost always played a role in Indian elections, either between parties or gangs or on a larger scale in the form of joint violence between religious or cast groups.
This choice has been relatively peaceful compared to the past. But since the vote began last month, a person has been killed and several candidates have been attacked, including clashes between supporters of various parties, according to local news reports.
Jeffrey Gettleman and Ayesha Venkataraman helped report.