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Exit polls predict comfortable wins for BJP in Gujarat, AAP in MCD

Himachal headed for a tight finish between BJP and Congress

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Aditi Phadnis  |  New Delhi 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi after casting his vote during the second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, at Ranip area in Ahmedabad, on Monday. Photo: PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi after casting his vote during the second and final phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, at Ranip area in Ahmedabad, on Monday. Photo: PTI

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was set to win the Assembly comfortably, predicted, but they signalled a tight finish in .

In the Delhi municipal elections, however, the saffron party seemed to be headed for a big defeat at the hands of the (AAP).

A voter turnout of 59.19 per cent was recorded till 5 pm on Monday across 93 seats in the second and final phase of the Assembly elections, said the Commission (EC), down from nearly 70 per cent polling registered in these constituencies in 2017.

According to the exit polls, the Congress tally reduced drastically in the 182-member Assembly, but it was fighting back in the 68-seat Assembly. However, in what was once its bastion, Delhi, it was set to post a miserable result.

If the square with the actual outcome, it will be the BJP’s seventh consecutive term in Gujarat, and a possible break with tradition in Himachal Pradesh, which has always voted an opposition party to power. In Delhi, though, the might need to overhaul its strategy as it seemed poised to be turned out of power from the municipal council for the first time in 15 years.

Should the Congress be able to form a government in Himachal Pradesh, as some polls predicted, this will be the first victory for the party under the leadership of a non-Gandhi chief, president Mallikarjun Kharge.

However, leaders advised patience.

Exit polls predict comfortable wins for BJP in Gujarat, AAP in MCD

The BJP’s greatest turnaround appears to be in Gujarat, where say it might not touch the coveted 140-plus-mark that was its target, but will come close to it, wresting back regions and recovering from its 2017 performance. The Congress, in contrast, has lost ground uniformly in all regions of the state, with the frittering away of hard earned gains of the Patidar reservation movement, farmers’ unrest, and tribal discontent that led to that party’s good performance in 2017.

In Himachal Pradesh, the advantage could lie with the rebels in case of a hung verdict as some exit polls predicted. The rebels, party leaders said, have appeared to have done greater damage to the than the Congress. Rebels number anything between one and four as they figure in the list of ‘others’ and in a 68-member Assembly, could mark the difference between the winning and losing party. The actual result will decide if the ‘others’ will be kingmakers in the state – there is hardly any doubt that both parties will be reaching out to candidates in seats where rebels have stood as Independents.

However, the sit-up result was the municipal polls in Delhi, which has 250 seats. The AAP's campaign of promising to end the culture of corruption, and asking people to embrace efficiency – along with freebies given out during their tenure in the Assembly – appears to have struck at the heart of the BJP’s campaign, exit polls suggested. If they are proved right, the BJP- struggle for primacy in Delhi will acquire a new edge.


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First Published: Mon, December 05 2022. 21:56 IST