Exit polls bring cheer to all par­ties Raj, Te­lan­gana see high voter turnout


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New Delhi: As the last round of As­sem­bly elec­tions for five states ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha polls ended on Tues­day, exit polls put the Congress back on the elec­toral map, with pre­dic­tions show­ing the party win­ning Ra­jasthan and be­ing in a close con­test with the Bharatiya Janata Party in Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh. The Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi will re­tain Te­lan­gana, while the Congress will lose its last bas­tion in the North­east in Mi­zo­ram, ac­cord­ing to poll­sters.

In Ra­jasthan, most exit polls pointed to a vic­tory for the Congress. Times NowCNX pre­dicted the party will sweep with 105 seats in the state where elec­tions were held in 199 of the 200 con­stituen­cies. In­dia To­day exit poll said the party will win 141 in seats and Repub­lic-C Voter gave the Congress 129 to 145 seats. The party will scrape through with 101 seats, said the opin­ion poll of ABP News-CSDS.

Times Now-CNX has pre­dicted that the in­cum­bent BJP led by Va­sund­hara Raje will man­age to bag 85 seats, while the In­dia To­day’s exit polls pro­jected 55 to 72 seats will go to her party’s kitty. Repub­lic-C Voter gave BJP any­where be­tween 52 and 68 and the ABP News-CSDS claimed the num­ber for Raje’s party would be 83.

Opin­ion polls pointed to a close con­test for the Congress and the BJP in Mad­hya Pradesh, where the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP gov­ern­ment has been in power for the past 15 years, with a ma­jor­ity of them pre­dict­ing an edge for the Congress. Jaipur/New Delhi: As­sem­bly elec­tions in Ra­jasthan and Te­lan­gana went off largely un­event­ful on Fri­day, cap­ping the five-state sea­son polls that had started on Novem­ber 12. The re­sults will be out on De­cem­ber 11.

In Ra­jasthan, 74 per cent vot­ers cast their bal­lot, while it stood at 67 per cent in Te­lan­gana.

Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje, Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee chief Sachin Pilot and se­nior party leader Ashok Gehlot were among those who ex­er­cised their fran­chise in Ra­jasthan. Five years ago, a his­toric 75.23 per cent polling was recorded in the state which also saw a change in regime with the BJP re­turn­ing to power.

Sev­eral Tel­ugu film­stars, ten­nis player Sa­nia Mirza and ace shut­tler PV Sindhu were among those who ex­er­cised their fran­chise in Hyderabad. In the last As­sem­bly elec­tions, the vote per­cent­age was recorded 69.5 per cent.

The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion said the fi­nal fig­ures for both the states would be re­vised later.

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