MP, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand Election Results 2019 Highlights: BJP wins Hindi heartland states

MP, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand Election Results 2019 Highlights: BJP wins Hindi heartland states

MP, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand Lok Sabha Election Results 2019 Highlights: In Bihar, BJP's Chhedi Paswan defeated Congress candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in Sasaram. On the other hand, the JD(U) won the Sitamarhi seat while LJP's Chirag Paswan retained Jamui seat.

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MP, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh Election Results 2019 Highlights: In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is leading in 57 seats, BSP in 11 seats, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in 8 seats while the Congress is ahead in 1 seat.

MP, UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand Election Results 2019 Highlights: The BJP-led NDA has made massive gains in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand.

In Madhya Pradesh, BJP is likely to win 28 seats out of 29 seats, while Congress can bag one. BJP’s Sadhvi Pragya Thakur has won from Bhopal defeating former chief minister Digvijaya Singh. In another surprising result, Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia has lost to BJP’s KP Yadav from Guna.

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In Bihar’s Begusarai, BJP leader Giriraj Singh defeated CPI’s Kanhaiya Kumar while Bihar BJP state president Nityanand Rai defeated RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha in Ujiyarpur. BJP candidate Gopal Jee Thakur defeated RJD nominee Abdul Bari Siddiqui from Darbhanga seat by a margin of over 2.67 lakh votes. In Patna Sahib, Ravi Shankar Prasad defeated Congress’ Shatrughan Sinha.

Also, BJP’s Chhedi Paswan defeated Congress candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in Sasaram. On the other hand, the JD(U) won the Sitamarhi seat while LJP’s Chirag Paswan retained Jamui seat. The full result has not been declared yet but the JD(U) and the BJP are leading with 16 seats each, LJP 6 and RJD is trailing with 2 seats in the state.


In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP is leading in 57 seats, BSP in 11 seats, Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party in 8 seats while the Congress is ahead in 1 seat. PM Modi is leading with a massive margin in Varanasi, Sonia Gandhi is ahead with 11,174 votes. However, Congress president Rahul Gandhi is railing behind Smriti Irani in Amethi.

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On the other hand in Rajasthan, the saffron party is leading on 24 seats and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) on 1 seat.  In Chhattisgarh, the BJP is leading on 9 seats and Congress on 2.

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Saffron wave drowns Cong's gains in Rajasthan

The BJP made a clean sweep in Rajasthan again with the party bagging all 25 seats along with its ally RLP in Lok Sabha election results declared Thursday, barely five months after it lost to the Congress in the assembly polls. It was a loss of face for Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot whose son Vaibhav Gehlot was defeated in Jodhpur by BJP's Gajendra Singh Shekhawat by a margin of 2,74,440 votes. Four Union ministers of state-Rajyavardhan Rathore (Jaipur rural), Arjun Ram Meghwal (Bikaner), Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (Jodhpur) and PP Chaudhary (Pali)-were among the victorious candidates. Diya Kumari, a former BJP MLA and member of erstwhile royal family of Jaipur, won from Rajsamand while Dushyant Singh, son of former chief minister Vasundhara Raje , was elected to Lok Sabha for fourth consecutive time from Jhalwar-Baran seat. The Congress' hopes of better performance in the border state were dashed and it failed to open its account as the saffron party's vote share jumped to 58.5 per cent.

BJP's Smriti Irani unseats Rahul from Amethi bastion

BJP candidate Smriti Irani defeated Congress president Rahul Gandhi from his bastion of Amethi by a margin of over 55,000 votes, in a major setback for the grand old party. According to the Election Commission website, Irani polled 4,68,514 votes while Gandhi secured 4,13,394 votes. The victory margin for Irani is 55,120 votes. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Gandhi had defeated Irani by 1,07,903 votes.

Bihar leads tally for NOTA votes

Bihar was leading the tally of voters opting for the None of The Above (NOTA) option while exercising their franchise in the 17th Lok Sabha polls. As per election commission data at midnight, the NOTA vote share stood at about 2 per cent of the total votes polled in the state, where results of almost all the 40 seats had been declared. In the states of UP, Gujarat and West Bengal, 0.84 per cent, 1.38 per cent, 0.96 per cent votes were cast in favour of NOTA. The counting was still on for a few seats in each of these states. NOTA, which was introduced in India following a 2013 Supreme Court directive, allows voters to express their dissent by pressing a button saying none of the contestants are worthy of their vote.

Akhilesh Yadav wins Azamgarh seat

Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav has won from the Azamgarh seat, defeating Bhojpuri star and BJP candidate Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua by over 2.59 lakh votes. Yadav has won by a margin of 2,59,874 votes by nearest rival Nirahua. While the SP chief got 6,21578 votes, Nirahua received 3,61,704 votes. In 2014, the seat was won by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Hema Malini retains Mathura seat

BJP's Hema Malini retained the Mathura Lok Sabha seat by defeating RLD candidate Kunwar Narendra Singh. Hema Malini defeated Singh by a margin of 2,93,471 votes, the Election Commission's website said. While the actor-turned-politician 6,71,293 votes, Singh, her nearest rival, received 3,77,822 votes, it said. Congress candidate Mahesh Pathak got 28,084 votes.

Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh retains Purvi Champaran

Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Thursday retained the Purvi Champaran Lok Sabha seat in Bihar for the BJP, defeating his nearest RLSP rival Akash Prasad Singh by a margin of nearly three lakh votes. The 69-year-old member of the Narendra Modi Cabinet polled 5.78 lakh votes in the constituency, where the total number of valid votes stood at 9.77 lakh. His rival, son of senior Congress leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh, who had defeated the BJP incumbent in 2004 fighting on an RJD ticket, polled only 1.02 lakh votes. Upon filing his nomination papers, the minister had made an emotional appeal to the voters of his constituency, stating that it was his "last election".

JD(U) wins Bhagalpur, Gopalganj (SC); LJP retains Khagaria

JD (U) wrested Bhagalpur seat from arch rival  RJD with Ajay Mandal defeating sitting MP Shailesh Kumar alias Bulo Mandal by a margin of 2.66 lakh votes. Bulo Mandal had won the seat five years ago by defeating sitting BJP MP Syed Shahnawaz Hussain. JD(U)s Alok Kumar Suman bagged the reserved Gopalganj seat defeating Surendra Ram of the RJD. The seat was held by BJPs Janak Ram who did not enter the fray this time in favor of the alliance partner. Sitting LJP MP Mehboob Ali Kaiser retained his seat defeating Mukesh Sahni, founding president of Vikassheel Insaan Party which was expected to galvanize Nishad voters for the Mahagathbandhan. Sahni lost to Kaiser, a former president of the state unit of the Congress, by a comprehensive margin of 2.45 lakh votes.

Madhya Pradesh BJP president retains his seat

Madhya Pradesh BJP president Rakesh Singh retained his Jabalpur Lok Sabha seat by defeating Congress nominee Vivek
Krishna Tankha by a margin of 4,54,744 votes. The BJP also retained Khandwa, where its sitting MP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan trounced former Union minister Arun Yadav of the Congress by a margin of 2,73,343 votes. The Dewas (SC) seat also went the BJP way. Its candidate Mahendra Singh Solanki, a former judge, defeated Congress nominee Prahlad Tipaniya, a popular folk singer, by a margin of 3,72,249 votes in the reserved seat.

Rajnath wins from Lucknow

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has retained the Lucknow seat by defeating his nearest rival Poonam Sinha by over 3.4 lakh votes. While Rajnath got 6,33,026 votes, Sinha got 2,85,724 votes. Congress candidate Pramod Krishnam got 1,80,011 votes only. 

Bihar Lok Sabha elections 2019 results: Ramvilas Paswan's brother wins Samastipur seat

At Samastipur, LJP president Ramvilas Paswan's younger brother Ramchandra Paswan retained his seat defeating Ashok Kumar of the Congress by over 1.5 lakh votes.

Paswan had won the reserved seat five years ago when he had beaten Kumar by a much smaller margin of about 10,000 votes.

UP election results: Congress' Tariq Anwar loses Katihar

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar Thursday lost his Katihar Lok Sabha seat to JD(U)'s Dulal Chandra Goswami by a margin of about 57,000 votes. 

In Samastipur Lok Sabha seat, Lok Janshakti Party candidate Ramchandra Paswan defeated Ashok Kumar of the Congress by over 1.5 lakh votes.

At Araria, BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh trounced RJD's Sarfaraz Alam.

UP election results: Congress' Tariq Anwar loses Katihar

Former Union minister and senior Congress leader Tariq Anwar Thursday lost his Katihar Lok Sabha seat to JD(U)'s Dulal Chandra Goswami by a margin of about 57,000 votes. 

In Samastipur Lok Sabha seat, Lok Janshakti Party candidate Ramchandra Paswan defeated Ashok Kumar of the Congress by over 1.5 lakh votes.

At Araria, BJP's Pradeep Kumar Singh trounced RJD's Sarfaraz Alam.

Varun Gandhi wins from Pilibhit

BJP leader Varun Gandhi wins from Pilibhit seat defeating his nearest rival SP candidate Hemraj Verma by margin of 2,55,627 votes.

Jayant Sinha wins from Hazaribagh

Union minister and BJP candidate Jayant Sinha was re-elected from the Hazaribagh seat in Jharkhand by a margin of 4,78,209 on Thursday. The minister of state for civil aviation defeated Congress's Gopal Prasad Sahu, officials said. While Sinha polled 7,27,195 votes, Sahu got 2,48,986 votes. 

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‘Janta malik hai’: Rahul Gandhi concedes defeat, says will respect people’s mandate

Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP for its resounding victory in the Lok Sabha elections after results projected a humiliating defeat for the Congress, the second time in a row. Addressing the media, Gandhi said, “the janta (public) is the master and the master has made its decision.” Read More

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The Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is ahead in 12 seats of the 80-seat Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha constituency. Its ally Samajwadi Party is leading on six seats. The SP-BSP-RLD alliance, which was expected to pose a stiff challenge to the BJP, is trailing on a majority of seats. SP had contested on 37 seats while the BSP had fought on 38. Read More

Congress’ Jyotiraditya Scindia loses from Guna

Pragya Singh Thakur wins Bhopal!

BJP wins Bihar's Darbhanga seat

BJP candidate Gopal Jee Thakur has defeated RJD nominee Abdul Bari Siddiqui from Darbhanga seat by a margin of over 2.67 lakh votes, in the first Lok Sabha election result declared in the state.

Who is winning in Bihar?

Total number of seats - 40
Trends available for - 40
Party Leads Result
BJP: 16 
JD(U): 16
LJP: 06
RJD: 01
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BJP leads on 10 seats in Chhattisgarh

The BJP is maintaining a lead on the 10 out of total 11 Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh while the Congress is leading only in Bastar (ST) constituency, as per the trends available so far. In the 2014 general elections, the BJP had bagged 10 seats and the Congress one.

Raipur: BJP's Sunil Soni leading over Cong's Pramod Dubey by 1,57,292 votes.
Durg: BJP's Vijay Baghel ahead of Cong's Pratima Chandrakar by 1,85,455 votes.
Rajnandgaon: BJP's Santosh Pandey leading over Congress rival Bholaram Sahu by 88,389 votes.
Raigarh: BJP's Gomtee Sai leading over Cong's Laljeet Singh Rathiya by 65,073 votes.
Surguja: BJP's Renuka Singh ahead of Cong's Khelsai Singh by 1,12,287 votes.
Janjgir-Champa: BJP's Guharam Ajgalley leading over Cong's Ravi Bhardwaj by 48,666 votes.
Korba: Congress' Jyotsana Mahant Charandas Mahant trailing by 7,470 votes against BJP's Jyotinand Dubey.
Kanker: BJP's Mohan Mandavi ahead of Congress Biresh Thakur by 13,285 votes
Bilaspur: BJP's Arun Sao leading by 72,179 votes against Congress' Atal Shrivastav.
Mahasamund: BJP's Chunnilal Sahu leading over Congress' Dhanendra Sahu by 18,286 votes.
Bastar: Cong MLA Dipak Baij ahead of BJP's Baiduram Kashyap by 36,834 votes.

BJP leading on 10 seats out of 14 in Jharkhand

Trends available: 14
BJP: 10
Congress: 2
JMM: 1

Madhya Pradesh: BJP ahead in 28 of 29 seats; Digvijay, Scindia trailing

BJP's controversial candidate Pragya Singh Thakur has established a lead of over two lakh votes against Congress' Digvijay Singh in Bhopal, as the saffron party is ahead on 28 out of 29 Lok Sabha seats in
Madhya Pradesh. The Congress, which wrested power from the BJP in the
Assembly polls last year, is leading in only one seat.

Bhopal: BJP's Pragya Thakur leading over Cong's Digvijay Singh by 2,11,874 votes
Guna: BJP's K P Yadav leading over Cong's Jyotiraditya Scindia by 1,08,932 votes
Chindwara: Cong's Nakul Nath ahead of BJP's Nathanshah Kawreti by 37,706 votes.
Rajgarh: BJP MP Rodmal Nagar leading over Cong's Mona Sustani by 3,97,395 votes
Morena: BJP's Narendra Singh Tomar leading over Cong's Ramniwas Rawat by 27,849 votes
Tikamgarh: Union minister Virendra Singh ahead of Cong's Kiran Ahirwar by 2,98,957 votes.
Indore: BJP's Shankar Lalwani ahead of Pankaj Sanghvi by 4,80,627 votes
Khajuraho: BJP's Vishnu Dutt Sharma leading by 4,29,857 votes over Congress' Kavita Singh.
Khandwa: BJP MP Nandkumar Singh Chauhan leading over Arun Yadav by 2,47,970 votes.
Ratlam-Jhabua: Sitting Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria trailing by 1,06,224 votes against BJP's Guman Singh Damor
Sidhi: Cong's Ajay Singh behind by 1,67,315 votes against sitting BJP MP Riti Pathak.
Jabalpur: BJP's Rakesh Singh leading by 3,16,887 votes over Congress' Vivek Krishna Tankha.
Mandla: BJP MP Faggan Singh Kulaste ahead by 63,902 votes against Congress' Kamal Singh Marawi.
Gwalior: BJP's Vivek Shejvalkar leading by 77,174 votes against Congress' Ashok Singh in Gwalior.
Vidisha: BJP's Ramakant Bhargava leading by 4,16,892 votes against Congress Shailendra Patel.
Hoshangabad: BJP's sitting MP Uday Pratap Singh is leading by 4,82,304 votes against Congress' Shalendra Diwan.

People rejected opposition's 'negative' politics: Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Thursday said the people of the country have rejected opposition's "negative" politics as he congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the BJP's imminent victory in the Lok Sabha polls.

Riding on a massive Modi wave sweeping through most parts of India, the BJP was set to return to power Thursday as it led in 298 seats, according to trends released by the Election Commission for all 542 seats that went to polls.

"I want to congratulate Modiji for the victory of BJP and its allies in the Lok Sabha polls. The people have discarded negative politics of opposition. They have showed that the politics of 'pariwarwad', 'vanshwad' and 'jatiwad' (nepotism and casteism) will not succeed anymore," Adityanath said.

Accept people's mandate with humility: Ashok Gehlot

As the BJP heads for a clean sweep in the Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Thursday said the people's mandate has to be accepted.

"We accept the people's mandate with humility. The Congress has always worked to build a strong democracy. I thank the people of the state and Congress workers for a peaceful participation in polling," Gehlot said. 

Yogi Adityanath congratulates PM Modi, Amit Shah

Uttar Pradesh  Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, "I want to congratulate Prime Minister Modi for this victory. BJP is touching 300-mark for the first time and NDA is touching 350. I also congratulate the party president Amit Shah."

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The fight between Lalu Yadav's daughter Misa Bharti and BJP leader Ram Kripal Yadav Giriraj Singh in Pataliputra is neck-and-neck as the former is leading by a margin of 1894 votes only.  While, In Patna Sahib, BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad is leading by over 1.5 lakh votes against Congress' Shatrughan Sinha. Stay tuned to get the complete coverage here!

BJP set to hold its Rajasthan fort

The BJP is set to repeat its 2014 stellar performance in Rajasthan as the latest trends show the party leading in 24 of the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state, with its ally the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party leading in the other seat. The Congress, which has a wafer-thin majority in the state Assembly, has failed to breach the BJP fortress of Bikaner, Churu, Jhalawar and Jalore where lotus has bloomed in the last three parliamentary elections.

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CPI candidate Kanhaiya Kumar was defeated by BJP's Giriraj Singh in Bihar's Begusarai

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BJP leader Giriraj Singh defeated CPI's Kanhaiya Kumar in Bihar's Begusarai. 

Bihar BJP state president Nityanand Rai defeats RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha from Ujiyarpur.

JD (U) wins Sitamarhi seat.

BJP's Chhedi Paswan defeats Congress candidate former LS Speaker Meira Kumar from Sasaram.

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Chirag Paswan retains Jamui seat.

BJP's Janardhan Sigriwal wins from Maharajganj and JD (U)'s Vaidyanath Mahto wins from Valmiki Nagar.

BJP's GopalJi Thakur defeats RJD's AB Siddiqui from Darbhanga.

LJP's Veena Devi defeats RJD's Raghuvansh Prasad Singh from Vaishali.

Congress leading from Kishanganj.

Varanasi election results: Narendra Modi leads with nearly 2 lakh votes

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who calls himself a “Kashi vasi”, is leading in nearly two lakh votes in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi. Shalini Yadav, the SP-BSP Mahagathbandhan candidate is second, while Congress’ Ajay Rai is trailing at third position. Even in 2014, Modi won Varanasi with a landslide margin of nearly 3.37 lakh votes against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal- the highest ever vote margin for the Lok Sabha seat. Read More

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Union Minister and Patna Sahib BJP candidate Ravi Shankar Prasad had in an interview to The Indian Express had said he was fighting elections on national security. "People of Patna Sahib are keen to make Narendra Modithe Prime Minister once again. This has been a traditional BJP seat. That’s why out of six assembly segments, the BJP holds five," he had said. Read Full interview here

NDA leading on 37 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar

Union ministers-- Ravi Shankar Prasad, Giriraj Singh, R K Singh and Ashwini Kumar Choubey-- are among NDA candidates leading on 37 seats while RJD is ahead on two consituencies and its mahagathbandhan ally Congress at one place, as per the latest trends available.

Among the central ministers only Ram Kripal Yadav is trailing by around 6900 votes to his rival RJD candidate Misa Bharti, Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter, in Pataliputra constituency. 

BJP and JD(U) are leading on 16 and 15 seats respectively while LJP is ahead on six seats.

The RJD, which is heading five parties Mahagathbandhan which also included Congress, HAM, VIP and RLSP, is leading in two seats of Jehanabad and Pataliputra and its ally Congress is ahead in Kishanganj out of the 40 seats on which trends are available, according to the figures released by the office of Chief Electoral Officer, Bihar.

Candidates from erstwhile royal families leading

In Rajasthan, three candidates come from erstwhile royal families are leading. BJP's Diya Kumari of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family is leading by over 2.7 lakh votes against the Congress' Devkinandan in Rajsamand. BJP candidate Dushyant Singh, the son of former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and scion of the erstwhile Dholpur royal family, is leading by over 2.5 lakh votes against the Congress' Pramod Sharma in Jhalawar-Baran constituency. However, the Congress' Bhanwar Jitendra Singh of the erstwhile Alwar royal family was trailing by around 2 lakh votes against the BJP's Balak Nath in the Alwar constituency.

In Madhya Pradesh, where Jyotiraditya Scindia of erstwhile princely state of Gwalior is contesting from Guna, the Congress leader is trailing by around 90,000 votes against the BJP's Krishna Pal Singh. In Uttar Pradesh three candidates from erstwhile royal families are contesting from Pratapgarh, Kushi Nagar and Gonda. The Congress' Pratapgarh candidate, Rajkumari Ratna Singh of the erstwhile Kalakankar royal family, is trailing by over 2.3 lakh votes against the BJP's Sangam Lal Gupta.

The BJP's Kirti Vardhan Singh, also known as Raja Bhaiya, of the erstwhile Mankapur royal family, is leading over 40,000 votes against Samajwadi Party candidate Vinod Kumar in Gonda constituency. Kunwer Ratanjit Pratap Singh, contesting on a Congress ticket from Kushi Nagar, trailed by over 2.8 lakh votes against N P Kushwaha of the Samajwadi Party.

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This election, Congress played its trump card and fielded Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as the UP East General Secretary. Expecting her to be a vote catcher, Congress made her one of the most prominent campaigners in the state. However, as the numbers are coming in, the results have exposed another big myth – that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has a connect with the people. After the results are out, the conclusion is inescapable: She may be a good communicator, an easygoing leader, and may have retained some of the charisma that her father Rajiv Gandhi and grandmother Indira Gandhi had, but the India of 2019 is not the India of the 1970s or 80s.

Vasundhara Raje thanks voters

Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje Thursday thanked the people of the state who, she said, voted for the "farsighted leadership" of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The BJP under the leadership of its president Amit Shah and PM Modi has reached new heights. I would like to thank the voters of Rajasthan," she told reporters at state BJP headquarters in Jaipur.

The exit polls on May 19 predicted a clear majority for the BJP-led NDA. Seven separate exit polls estimated that the NDA government would return to power after a bitterly fought elections, with an overall tally ranging from 287-365 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. However, only two surveys predicted that the BJP, which won 282 seats in the 2014 elections, would claim a majority on its own this time. India Today-Axis-MyIndia forecast 286 seats for the party while News18-IPSOS estimated that it would win 276. Most of the polls suggested that the Congress, which had registered its worst performance in 2014 with 44 seats, would fall below the 100 mark, with News18-IPSOS projecting only 46 seats for the party.

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In UP, with 80 seats, most polls predicted that the SP-BSP gathbandhan could bring down the BJP’s all-time-high tally of 72 to less than 50. Here, the polls show, the BJP is expected to win anywhere between 22 and 65 seats. In Bihar, the BJP-led NDA alliance is up against a coalition of opposition parties. Most pollsters think the coalition of BJP, Janata Dal (United) and the Lok Janshakti Party will win 30 or more seats out of the 40 seats in the state.  In Jharkhand also, the exit polls had predicted NDA's gain with 9 seats and 5 seats for Congress+JMM.

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In Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where the Congress won the assembly elections six months ago, the polls indicate that the party has not able to retain its ground. They also signal a difference in voting pattern between the assembly polls and the Parliamentary elections.