India’s ruling party seen to be losing ground
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is likely to lose two heartland states while a third is too close to call, exit polls showed on Friday in the final test of popularity before a national election due by May next year.
Surveys broadcast at the end of voting for five state assemblies showed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) trailing behind the rival Congress party in some areas. The actual votes will be counted on Tuesday.
Nearly all the polls showed that the Congress will win a clear majority in Rajasthan and scrape through in Chhattisgarh, according a survey of surveys pulled together by NDTV.
In Madhya Pradesh, the same polls suggested the BJP and the Congress were locked in a fight down to the wire.