Fate of par­ties, po­lit­i­cal big­wigs in 4 states will be known to­day

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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

PTI PHOTO

Work­ers set up a stron­groom at the Karmabir Nabin Chan­dra Bor­doloi In­door sta­dium, in Guwa­hati on Wed­nes­day.

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