Fate of parties, political bigwigs in 4 states will be known today
Counting of votes in the latest round of assembly polls starts Thursday morning, bringing the finale to the ten-week long political drama starting with the announcement of polls in early March.
Exit polls have suggested that a summer of discontent against the incumbent governments might sweep across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry, leaving only the redoubtable Mamata Banerjee untouched in West Bengal. A clear picture is likely to emerge by Thursday noon, although the final figures will be out by late afternoon only.
The BJP, which suffered a series of electoral reveres last year after its stupendous show in 2014, is predicted to romp home in Assam, a first for the saffron party in a state that has been ruled by the Congress for the last 15 years. It would set the stage for the BJP to make further forays into the Northeastern region. CONTINUED ON P6
Workers set up a strongroom at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor stadium, in Guwahati on Wednesday.