Exit polls for five states in elections anticipate a worrying outcome for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan.
An aggregate of exit polls reveals the BJP’s winning streak is set to end in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, both heading for the hung verdict. The Congress is tipped to win a transparent majority in Rajasthan. The party is likely to lose Mizoram and K Chandrashekar Rao will get Telangana, the exit polls say.
For Madhya Pradesh, exit polls see both BJP and Congress going neck and neck but falling short of a transparent majority in the 230-member assembly. As per aggregate of nine exit polls, the BJP will get 110 seats in the state, while the Congress will get 109 seats. The halfway mark is at 115. Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party will get 2 seats. The assembly elections in these states have been billed as the semi-final before next year’s general elections.
In Telangana, India’s youngest state which voted for the second time on Friday, exit polls reveal Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief K Chandrashekar Rao’s gamble of dissolving the state assembly eight months before schedule paying off.
The TRS will get 67 of the state’s 119 assembly seats, where the majority mark is at 61. The Congress-Chandrababu Naidu include will get 39 seats and the BJP five seats, an aggregate of 11 exit polls have predicted.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Friday urged his party workers to be vigilant against “EVM tampering” as voting came to an end in Telangana and Rajasthan, warning them that “in (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s India, EVMs have mysterious powers”.
“Congress party workers, be vigilant after polls close today. In MP, EVM’s behaved strangely after polling: Some stole a bus and vanished for two days! Others slipped away and were found drinking in a hotel,” tweeted Mr. Gandhi.
The Congress chief was pointing to the incident in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar where electronic voting machines were transported in a vehicle without any registration number and reached the collection center 48 hours after the voting accomplished.
Exit polls have anticipated a hung assembly in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In Rajasthan, the Vasundhara Raje government is on its way out, it said. The Congress is likely to lose Mizoram and K Chandrashekar Rao will retain Telangana, the exit polls say.