Vot­ing over, exit polls show Cong win 2 states, BJP one

Close fight seen in Mi­zo­ram, TSR likely to re­tain Te­lan­gana; re­sults will be de­clared on Tues­day

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NEW DELHI/JAIPUR/HYDERABAD: As many as 72.67% of the 47 mil­lion reg­is­tered vot­ers cast their vote in Ra­jasthan on Fri­day where spo­radic in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence were re­ported, while Te­lan­gana saw a mod­er­ate voter turnout of 68.4%, the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion on Fri­day said.

In Ra­jasthan, vot­ing was held for 199 of the 200-seat assem­bly; elec­tion to Ram­garh seat in Alwar district was coun­ter­manded af­ter the death of Bahu­jan Sa­maj Party (BSP) can­di­date Lax­man Singh. Brief­ing the me­dia af­ter the polling, state chief elec­toral of­fi­cer Anand Ku­mar said the polling per­cent­age this time around was less than the 75.23% recorded in the 2013 polls.

He, how­ever, clar­i­fied the polling per­cent­age would in­crease as peo­ple who were al­ready in­side polling sta­tions be­fore 5pm had been al­lowed to cast their bal­lot, adding that postal bal­lots and ser­vice votes also had to be added to the per­cent­age.

The to­tal polling per­cent­age in Te­lan­gana is al­most the same as what was recorded in the 2014 elec­tions, which were held along with Andhra Pradesh. While Medak recorded the high­est turnout of at least 77%, Hyderabad recorded a poor turnout – 56%.

Mean­while, exit polls have pre­dicted a Congress win in Ra­jasthan while in Te­lan­gana, they favour chief min­is­ter K Chan­drashekhara Rao’s Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi (TRS). It will, how­ever, be a close con­test be­tween the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress in Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh.

Elec­tions were held in 5 states since last month. Votes will be counted on Tues­day (De­cem­ber 11). Sur­veys for all states were re­leased on Fri­day af­ter polling ended in Ra­jasthan and Te­langa– na. Mi­zo­ram voted last month.

Polling was largely peace­ful across Ra­jasthan with stray in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence be­ing re­ported from Alwar, Bharat­pur, Churu, Sikar, Bikaner and Jaisalmer dis­tricts. Three peo­ple were in­jured in a clash in Churu while five were in­jured in Bikaner, two in Bharat­pur and one in Sikar.

In Sikar and Bikaner, three ve­hi­cles were set ablaze while in Shah­ja­han­pur in Alwar district, a para-mill­tary per­son­nel opened fire to bring the sit­u­a­tion un­der con­trol. In Alwar, a brawl broke out in one of the polling booths in Palava vil­lage around 3pm and se­cu­rity per­son­nel had to shoot in the air to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion. No one was in­jured in the in­ci­dent.

In 13 assem­bly con­stituen­cies of Te­lan­gana, iden­ti­fied as sen­si­tive in view of their prox­im­ity to Maoist-af­fected ar­eas on the bor­ders of Ma­ha­rash­tra and Ch­hat­tis­garh, polling closed at 4 pm it­self. In these con­stituen­cies, polling was es­ti­mated to be 65-70%.

“Polling went on peace­fully with­out any law and or­der prob­lem in these con­stituen­cies. We shall take all pre­cau­tions till the elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines (EVM) and other equip­ment reaches the strong rooms safely,” direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice M Ma­hen­der Reddy said.

A poll con­ducted by Axis My In­dia – In­dia To­day and Aaj Tak pre­dicts a range of 102 to 120 seats for the BJP in Mad­hya Pradesh, seek­ing a fourth straight term in the state, and 104 to 122 for the Congress. But a Times Now-CNX sur­vey pre­dicts a clear ma­jor­ity for the BJP in MP with 126 seats, while it gives the Congress 89 seats, a marked im­prove­ment over its tally in the last elec­tion but still trail­ing the BJP.

In­dia TV poll gives BJP 122-130 seats against its 165 in 2013 and Congress 86-92 seats as op­posed to its 58 seats in 2013. The Repub­lic Jan Ki Baat sur­vey pre­dicts 108128 seats for the BJP, 95 -111 for the Congress.

Mad­hya Pradesh has 230 seats and the ma­jor­ity mark for a party to win is 116.

In neigh­bour­ing Ch­hat­tis­garh, too, the Times Now-CNX exit poll gives the BJP a ma­jor­ity, 46 seats, and the Congress 35. It pre­dicts that the am­bi­tious part­ner­ship be­tween for­mer Congress leader Ajit Jogi and Mayawati’s BSP will get seven seats. In­dia TV’s sur­vey too gives BJP the up­per end of a range of 42 to 50 seats, the Congress 32 to 38, and Jogi-BSP six to eight seats.

The CVoter - Repub­lic TV poll, how­ever, shows a closer fight, giv­ing BJP 35-43 seats and the Congress 40-50, while it pre­dicted a the Jogi-BSP com­bine to get three to seven seats. The Axis My In­dia - In­dia To­day and Aaj Tak poll, how­ever, shows Congress com­fort­ably ahead at 55-65 seats and BJP trail­ing at 21-31.

Al­most all polls show that Maya-Jogi com­bine, which was hop­ing to play the king­maker, would end with seats in the range of three to eight. Ch­hat­tis­garh has 90 assem­bly seats and a party needs 46 to form gov­ern­ment.

In Ra­jasthan, two exit polls pre­dict a Congress win. The In­dia To­day-Axis My In­dia pre­dicts a range of 119 to 141 seats for the Congress, good to un­seat the BJP’s Va­sund­hara Raje; it gives the BJP 55-72 seats.

A party needs 100 seats in the 200-mem­ber assem­bly in Ra­jasthan. The Times Now-CNX sur­vey too pre­dicts a ma­jor­ity for the Congress at 105 seats, with 85 for the BJP in Ra­jasthan.

In Te­lan­gana, most exit polls pre­dict a win for the TRS. The Times Now-CNX sur­vey says TRS will be com­fort­ably ahead of the Congress-Tel­ugu De­sam Party (TDP) com­bine with 66 seats. The Maha Kootami of the Congress-TDP will get 37 seats.

EVM mal­func­tions were re­ported in Ra­jasthan. The Congress com­plained to the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion claim­ing that they re­ceived 460 com­plaints of EVM mal­func­tion and the BJP lead­ers try­ing to in­tim­i­date vot­ers, the party said in a state­ment.

Ra­jasthan Congress pres­i­dent Sachin Pi­lot said the party will sweep the polls, while chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje also ex­pressed con­fi­dence say­ing the exit polls have gone wrong sev­eral times in the past.

TRS pres­i­dent and care­taker chief min­is­ter K Chan­drasekhar Rao ex­pressed con­fi­dence that his party would come back to power in Te­lan­gana, but the state Congress pres­i­dent N Ut­tam Ku­mar Reddy to ex­pressed con­fi­dence that said Maha Kootami was go­ing to form the next gov­ern­ment in Te­lan­gana.

The re­sults of all five states will be de­clared on De­cem­ber 11.

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