Published: Fri, March 10, 2017
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Axis My India Exit polls: Congress will win Punjab

Axis My India Exit polls: Congress will win Punjab

Exit polls on the just-concluded assembly elections in the five states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, say that BJP will emerge the biggest party in four states while the fight is between Congress and the AAP in Punjab. However, the picture was somewhat hazy in Punjab and Manipur. The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party were locked in a tight race in Punjab and the principal opposition party was battling with the BJP to retain power in Manipur.

Going by the pollsters, the all-important battle for UP may lead to the rout of the BSP and the SP-Congress alliance could be a poor second. Punjab is the only state for which various exit polls have unanimously predicted a BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) loss.

India TV-C Voter predicted that both the BJP and the Congress had a similar chance at forming the government in the state and projected 29-35 seats for both parties each. NewsX-MRC indicated 185 seats for BJP, 120 for SP-Congress and 90 for BSP.

According to NDTV exit poll predictions, from a total of 60 seats, BJP is expected to claim 25-31 seats followed by Congress with 17-23 seats ending with other regional parties including PRJA with 9-15 seats. In the last few legs of polling, UP's powerful and tainted Minister Gayatri Prajapati became the centre point of politics after the Supreme Court ordered the state police to lodge an FIR against him in a gang rape case. While the Alliance (MGP+SS+GSM) will get 8 seats.

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Although the BJP is expected to bag the most seats, three polls showed a hung assembly, with no party having a clear majority.

There are 403 seats up for grabs in the state's assembly. Today's Chanakya toed a similar line and predicted 285 seats to BJP, 88 to SP-Congress and 27 to BSP.

With the dangers of polarisation looming over the Hindi heartland of UP, considerable movement of narcotics in Punjab, and a not so optimum an environment in Manipur, the elections were a challenge. Of the 71 Assembly berths in Uttarakhand, India Today-Axis predicted a BJP sweep with 46-53 seats, giving 12-21 seats to the Congress.

Others may get 1-3 each in Kumaun and Garhwal and 0-3 seats in the plains. The incumbent Akali Dal-BJP alliance was predicted to be staring at a virtual decimation with only 7 seats in the 117-member Assembly.

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