Exit polls bring cheer to all parties Raj, Telangana see high voter turnout
PHOTO FINISH IN MP, CHHATTISGARH CONG RAJ IN DESERT STATE TRS GETS TELANGANA
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.