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Exit polls project tight race in West Bengal, DMK's victory in Tamil Nadu

In West Bengal, the Republic-CNX poll gave the BJP a slight edge by protecting 138-148 seats while Times Now-C Voter predicted a clear majority for the TMC

West Bengal Assembly polls | Tamil Nadu elections | Assam assembly polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP is straining at the leash for an exponential increase in its tally from two to 20 , while the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is looking to net all 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state

Exit polls on Thursday forecast a tight contest between the incumbent Trinamool Congress and the BJP in the high-profile West Bengal assembly polls, while the ruling Left combine was projected to retain power in Kerala and so was the case for the saffron party in Assam.

However, exit polls projected DMK-led opposition alliance as a winner in Tamil Nadu, while the Congress-led alliance was seen losing the neighbouring Puducherry by some pollsters.

As the first exit polls began getting telecast soon after the eight-phase ended in West Bengal, the ruling TMC was seen in a tight contest with the BJP in assembly polls for the politically important state, while projections for the neighbouring Assam gave a clear edge to the BJP-led alliance over the Congress-led opposition.

In West Bengal, the Republic-CNX polls gave the BJP a slight edge by protecting 138-148 seats for the party in the 294-seat assembly and 128-138 to the TMC.

However, Times Now-C Voter predicted a clear majority for the TMC by projecting 162 seats for the party and 115 for the BJP.

In Assam, India Today-Axis My India predicted 75-85 seats in the 126-member assembly and 40-50 to the Congress-led opposition.

Today's Chanakya predicted 70 seats for the saffron alliance and 56 for the Congress-led opposition.

In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the ruling Left combine and the DMK-led opposition alliance respectively were projected ahead of their respective rivals.

Jan Ki Baat exit polls, however, predicted a strong majority for the BJP in West Bengal, giving it 162-185 seats, against 104-121 to the ruling TMC.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Thu, April 29 2021. 20:35 IST