Exit polls pre­dict close race for BJP, Cong in MP, C’garh; Cong in Ra­jasthan

■ ■ TRS will re­tain power in Te­lan­gana: Exit polls The count­ing of votes for five States will take place on De­cem­ber 11

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EXIT polls on Fri­day pre­dicted a tight fin­ish be­tween the BJP and the Congress in Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh, and a win for the Op­po­si­tion party in Ra­jasthan. They also pre­dicted that the rul­ing Te­lan­gana Rash­tra Samithi in Te­lan­gana will re­tain power, but fore­cast a hung Assem­bly in Mi­zo­ram, where Congress is in power. Count­ing of votes for all five States is sched­uled for De­cem­ber 11.

Mad­hya Pradesh, Ch­hat­tis­garh and Ra­jasthan are all ruled by the B JP presently. While Repub­lic TV Jan Ki Baat gave 108-128 seats to the BJP and 95-115 to the Congress in the 230-mem­ber Mad­hya Pradesh, In­dia To­dayAxis said BJP could win 102-120 seats as against 104-122 for the Congress. How­ever, the Times Now-CNX exit poll pre­dicted a ma­jor­ity for the BJP in MP with 126 seats and gave the Congress a tally of 89 seats. On the other hand, ABP News exit poll said the Congress is likely to get a ma­jor­ity by bag­ging 126 seats. The BJP, it added, would get 94 seats.

In the 90-mem­ber Ch­hat­tis­garh Assem­bly, exit polls broad­cast by Repub­lic-C Voter pre­dicted 35-43 seats for the BJP and 40-50 for the Congress while the News Na­tion fore­cast a close race with 38-42 seats for the BJP and 40-44 for the Congress.

Times Now-CNX, how­ever, gave a sim­ple ma­jor­ity to the BJP in Ch­hat­tis­garh, say­ing it may win 46 seats while the Op­po­si­tion Congress may bag 35 seats. ABP News said the BJP may get up to 52 seats against 35 of the Congress. How­ever, In­dia To­dayAxis pre­dicted the Congress is set to end Chief Minister Ra­man Singh’s 15-year old reign by win­ning any­where be­tween 55-65 seats. The BJP, it said, may be re­duced to 21-31 seats. All the exit polls said the al­liance of for­mer chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Ch­hat­tis­garh ( Jogi) and the BSP may win be­tween three and eight seats, which may help him to emerge as a king-maker in the event of a hung house.

BJP lead­ers said they are con­fi­dent to re­tain power in all the three States ruled by them, while Congress lead­ers main­tained that the fi­nal re­sults on De­cem­ber 11 would show that they have per­formed bet­ter than what has been pre­dicted in the exit polls.

If exit polls dif­fered in their pro­jec­tions for MP and Ch­hat­tis­garh, most of them pre­dicted the Congress’ re­turn to power in Ra­jasthan. In­dia To­day-Axis said the Op­po­si­tion party may win 119-141 out of 199 seats for which elec­tions were held. The BJP, it added, may win 55-72 seats. Times Now-CNX fore­cast 105 seats for Congress and 85 for the BJP. ABP News pre­dicted a vic­tory for the Congress, say­ing it may bag 101 seats while the BJP may end up with 83 and oth­ers with 15 seats. How­ever, Repub­lic TVJan Ki Baat fore­cast a tighter race be­tween the two par­ties. It gave the Congress and the BJP 81-101 and 83-103 seats re­spec­tively.

Exit polls were al­most unan­i­mous in pre­dict­ing that TRS pres­i­dent and KCR’s gam­ble of ad­vanc­ing the Assem­bly polls will pay off and he will re­tain power.

Repub­lic TV and Times Now fore­cast that his party will 50-65 and 66 seats in the 119-mem­ber Assem­bly. TV9 Tel­ugu and In­dia To­day fore­cast a tally be­tween 75-85 and 75-91 for the rul­ing party re­spec­tively. In Mi­zo­ram, where the Congress is in power, Times Now-CNX said the rul­ing party may get 16 seats. It pre­dicted 18 seats for MNF in the 40mem­ber Assem­bly. Sur­vey by Repub­lic-C Voter shows MNF win­ning 16-20 seats while the State’s rul­ing party has a chance of pick­ing up 14-18 seats. The count­ing of votes for five States will take place on De­cem­ber 11.

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