It’s NaveenPat­naik All The Way in Odisha

BJD lead­ers con­fi­dent of win­ning more than 105 as­sem­bly seats and 15 Par­lia­ment seats

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Odisha’s rul­ing Biju Janta Dal looks set to re­tain power in the state and win most seats in the Lok Sabha elec­tions, ac­cord­ing to exit polls re­leased on Mon­day.

While BJD is ex­pected to come back to power for a fourth term, there has been con­sid­er­able spec­u­la­tion on how com­fort­able the mar­gin will be.

“We are con­fi­dent of cross­ing not only the 100 mark, but win­ning more than 105 as­sem­bly seats and 15 par­lia­ment seats,” said se­nior BJD leader and RS mem­ber Kal­pataru Das. BJD holds 14 of 21 par­lia­men­tary seats and 103 of 147 As­sem­bly seats.

“Exit polls have said we will have a com­fort­able po­si­tion in the As­sem­bly and 15 par­lia­men­tary seats, sup­port­ing what we have be­lieved all along. And as per their es­ti­mates the BJP may not need any our sup­port any­ways,” said MP Pi­naki Misra. While the Times Now-ORG exit poll gives BJD 15 Lok Sabha seats, CNN-IBN & CSDS post-poll sur­vey has pre­dicted any­where be­tween 12 to 16 seats for the party. In 2009, Naveen Pat­naik-led BJD had won 14 seats. For BJP, the Times Now-ORG exit poll has pre­dicted just one par­lia­men­tary seat. CNN-IBN & CSDS, how­ever, has given it three to seven. The gen­eral opin­ion was that the saf­fron party has made sig­nif­i­cant gains from Naren­dra Modi-led cam­paign­ing. While the Times Now-ORG post-poll sur­vey has pre­dicted five Lok Sabha seats for Congress, CNN-IBN & CSDS exit poll gives it one to three seats. Be­fore elec­tions, 67-year-old, three-time chief min­is­ter Pat­naik was con­sid­ered a pos­si­ble king maker and even prime min­is­te­rial can­di­date of a Third Front­gov­ern­ment­bysome.Si­mul­ta­ne­ous As­sem­bly and par­lia­men­tary elec­tions were held in the state last month. BJD’s main poll plank was the ne­glect of the state by the Centr. It con­tested the elec­tions dis­tanc­ing it­self not only from its for­mer ally, the BJP, and the Congress, but also from the Third Front. In 2009, Naveen Pat­naik-led BJD had won

The Times Now-ORG exit poll gives BJD CNN-IBN & CSDS post-poll sur­vey has pre­dicted any­where be­tween 12 to 16 seats For BJP, the Times Now-ORG exit poll has pre­dicted just one par­lia­men­tary seat

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