In today’s edition: Exit polls predict BJP win in Gujarat, HP; Bhupender Yadav at Express Adda; India pitches for SDGs, digital public infra as top priorities at G20; and more.
The BJP is headed for a massive win in Gujarat, where it has been in power for nearly two-and-a-half decades, according to the latest exit poll data. Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh, barring one, all posters have given the BJP a slender edge in Himachal Pradesh which has a tradition of voting out the incumbent.
For the Congress, the exit poll figures were massively disappointing as it could be staring at its worst ever performance. Significantly, the AAP seems set to make inroads that may be historic for the party and Gujarat’s electoral politics as a third front that has not had roots in the state’s politics till now. If the exit polls are to be believed, and the AAP gets seats even in single digits, it will mean the party making its first dent in a BJP bastion.
In Himachal Pradesh, the exit poll results indicate that the BJP’s projection of PM Modi as the face of its campaign might have worked. The Congress lacked star power in its campaign with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi being its lone national leader hitting the trail and addressing several constituencies.
Only in the Express
In the latest edition of Express Adda, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupender Yadav said that “about 55-60 per cent of the cooking oil” that India consumes “is imported from countries where genetically modified crops are permitted”. Speaking in public for the first time on the Government decision in October to allow the “environmental release” of GM mustard, Yadav said that the move was based on sound scientific research.
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