All eyes are on the final results of the hotly-contested assembly elections in five states. A lot has been at stake in states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan Mizoram, and Telangana. Political pundits also term these results as a virtual semi-final to the 2019. The assembly elections in these states were held between November 12 and December 7. The counting of votes will take place on December 11. In three major Indian states, the Congress is in a direct contest with the BJP. This time the Congress would be looking to dethrone the BJP in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
Now coming to the main point! Various news organisations and survey agencies have come out with Exit Polls and have revealed mixed results for the BJP and the Congress. The survey agencies were Times Now-CNX, India Today, Republic-C-Voters, News24 and NewsX. Take a look at this state-wise breakdown of exit polls as predicted by different agencies today.
Exit Polls for Rajasthan Assembly Election
Every major poll is predicting that Congress would win a majority in Rajasthan. An average of five exit poll put the Congress at 113 constituencies in the 200-seat Rajasthan assembly. The BJP would have to settle for just 77 seats.
Exit Polls for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Election
Madhya Pradesh, which has elected BJP governments for three consecutive terms, seem to be headed for a photo finish. An average of five exit polls predicted that the Congress would win 110 seats while the BJP would win 109. The different between the BJP and Congress is really close, both in terms of vote share and seats.
Exit Polls for Chattisgarh Assembly Election
The contest for Chattisgarh will be a tight one. Chhattisgarh is considered to bea stronghold for the BJP with their large agrarian electorates. The BJP will be will be seeking another term for Raman Singh government on the basis of its crackdown on Naxalism. In 2013, the BJP had won 49 seats in the 90-seat Assembly, the Congress won 39 while BSP bagged 1 seat.
Exit Polls for Mizoram Assembly Election
There is strong anti-incumbency factor playing against the Lal Thanhawla-led Congress government. The two opposition parties, Mizo National Front (MNF) and Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNF), are looking to upstage the Congress. The exit polls are predicting the Mizo National Front’s (MNF) brand of identity politics will throw out the Congress regime in narrow margine. Mizoram is the last remaining stronghold of the Congress.
Exit Polls for Telangana Assembly Election
Various Exit Polls preduct that K Chandrashekar Rao will remain the chief minister of Telangana. As per an average of four exit polls, Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi is predicted to win 66 seats, six more than the halfway mark. An aggregate of 11 exit polls have predicted that Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi is predicted to win 66 seats, six more than the halfway mark.
For the uninitiated, exit polls are conducted after a survey of people leaving a polling station. They are asked how they voted and on the basis of that, predictions are made regarding the likely outcome of elections in a particular state or states.