Assembly elections 2017: Exit polls say BJP has the edge in UP, Akalis stare at rout in Punjab

In Uttar Pradesh, at least five polls predicted that the BJP would emerge as the single largest party and may come close to the halfway mark of 202 in a House of 403, if it does not get a clear majority along with its allies.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2017 2:23 pm
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Setting the stage for a pulsating Saturday when votes will be counted to decide winners of the Assembly elections in five states, exit polls Thursday gave the BJP a clear edge in the heartland state of Uttar Pradesh though the number of seats that the party can win swung wildly. In Punjab, all polls predicted the exit of the ruling SAD-BJP alliance and a neck-and-neck fight between the Congress and AAP.

In Uttar Pradesh, at least five polls predicted that the BJP would emerge as the single largest party and may come close to the halfway mark of 202 in a House of 403, if it does not get a clear majority along with its allies. Two exit polls predicted a comfortable majority for the BJP, with one estimating that it could get as many as 285 seats.

The SP-Congress alliance was shown to be at the No. 2 spot. The BSP was way behind, its seat count under 100. Two exit polls placed the SP-Congress close behind the BJP in the number of seats, but said they may be 50 seats short of a majority. India TV and ABP News put the alliance at around 145-160 seats, but Times Now and India News predicted that it may win close to 120 seats. News24 and India Today, both of whom gave the BJP more than 250 seats, predicted that the SP-Congress alliance may get 100 or less seats.

Exit polls also suggested that the SAD-BJP alliance in Punjab may be wiped out in the state — four polls gave it less than 10 seats. Two exit polls projected a tight contest between the Congress and AAP, giving both parties equal number of seats.

According to these polls, both Congress and AAP may get over 50 seats each, short of the 59 seats needed in the House of 117. India Today said the SAD-BJP alliance may get a minimum of 4 but a maximum of 7 seats. It predicted that Congress may get as many as 71 and AAP a maximum of 51 seats. India TV gave AAP the upper hand, giving it up to 67 seats for 49 to Congress. News24 and India News gave Congress and AAP almost equal number of seats, 54 and 55 respectively.

Watch |Exit Polls 2017: BJP Confident, Congress Predicts Close Fight

According to the exit polls, the BJP may be able to have its chief ministers in Uttarakhand and Goa too but the Congress is not far behind in both states. A handful of seats there could change the outcome. The AAP, according to the exit polls, may not even get half a dozen seats in the House of 40 in Goa.

News24 and India Today gave BJP a strong edge over the Congress in Uttarakhand, giving it a maximum of 53 seats. But India News and India TV were more conservative about the BJP’s lead. While India News gave BJP and Congress 38 and 30 seats respectively, India TV said both parties had a chance to win, getting 29 to 35 seats each.

In Goa, though the BJP may get a majority, the Congress is close on its heels. India TV and India Today said BJP may win a maximum of 22 seats, but India TV gave Congress a chance of winning up to 18 seats. AAP was the clear loser in the state, with a chance of winning 7 seats, according to India News. All other exit polls said it will get fewer seats than that.

The only two channels which put out exit poll projections for Manipur — India Today and India TV — gave both BJP and Congress a chance to win. India TV said that BJP may cross the halfway mark in the 60-member Assembly, while India Today said Congress should sail through, winning up to 36 seats.

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  1. S
    Santu jana
    Mar 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm
    I think that in up, bjp will be the powerful GV.Then it will be the painful time Manta Banerjee because she.and her party s members cheated the poor person s.and I hope that in WB bjp will be come back.the election of 2021.
    1. M
      Mar 10, 2017 at 1:09 am
      The people who play with caste are now going to be outcaste!! lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Good job!
      1. S
        Mar 10, 2017 at 5:36 am
        If the exit polls are any where near the actual result Asli Gadha tho Akhilesh nikla lt;br/gt;teaming up with a political leper like the Congress.
        1. J
          Jai hind
          Mar 10, 2017 at 7:43 am
          Prejudiced mind never let u see the development what India had achieved having these mive potion ... And by the by non secular party who are in power has not achieved any thing to show as a development under their governance yet ....And if you analyze demonetization with a neutral mindset u can see it hasn't achieved any thing what it had aimed. ... terrorism ,black money and counter fieting are going on .... Much publicity is given for many things which hasnt yet started ...that had created and misintrepretation in peoples mind that ..its all a finished missions
          1. J
            Jai hind
            Mar 10, 2017 at 7:38 am
            were they supposed to get sanction for demonetisation in parliament before implementing it ? is it done without seeking vote from parliament just coz they had the majority ?
            1. A
              Mar 10, 2017 at 5:50 am
              SP. BSP will rise like Barcelona did against PSG ...... Last few minutes .every thing will turn around 👏👏👏👏👏🎼🎼🎶😀
              1. D
                Mar 10, 2017 at 2:55 am
                Can we afford to learn a lesson from the outcome of the exist polls: lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Question 1lt;br/gt;If the results of exist poll ( based on small sampling theory or some other statistical theories) come out to be true in most of the cases- say, BJP comes to power in UP or Congress in;br/gt; Then why waste huge money on elections? Just get such polls organised by 100 organisation and then decide?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Question 2lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Should we carry out such guess work and publish it before actual counting of votes?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This applied to all the countries who believe in the formulation of democratically elected;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Erudite comments are welcome: Please educate;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Professor Ashok Deshpande PhD
                1. B
                  Mar 10, 2017 at 9:34 am
                  Both hate each other but ready to join hands for the sake of money and power that is called very cheap Indian politics.
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