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Tight race between BJP and Cong in MP, Chhattisgarh; edge for Cong in Raj: Exit polls

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Exit polls Friday predicted a tight finish between the BJP and the in and Chhattisgarh, and a win for the opposition party in

They also predicted that the ruling in Telangana will retain power, but forecast a hung assembly in Mizoram, where is in power. Counting of votes for all five states is scheduled for December 11.

Madhya Pradesh, and are all ruled by the BJP presently.

While Republic TV-gave 108-128 seats to the BJP and 95-115 to the in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh, India Today-Axis said the saffron party could win 102-120 seats as against 104-122 for the Congress.

However, the Now-CNX exit poll predicted a majority for the BJP in with 126 seats and gave the Congress a tally of 89 seats.

On the other hand, ABP 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 assembly, exit polls broadcast by Republic-C Voter predicted 35-43 seats for the BJP and 40-50 for the Congress while the Nation forecast a close race with 38-42 seats for the BJP and 40-44 for the Congress.

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 said the BJP may get up to 52 seats against 35 of the Congress.

However, India Today-Axis predicted the Congress is set to end 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 Ajit Jogi's Janta Congress (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 and Chhattisgarh, most of them predicted the Congress' return to power in

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.

Now-CNX forecast 105 seats for the Congress and 85 for the BJP.

ABP News also 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 TV-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 K Chandrashekar Rao'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 forecast a tally between 75-85 and 75-91 for the ruling party respectively.

Some exit polls saw a tighter battle between the TRS and the Congress-TDP combine.

In Mizoram, where the Congress is in power for two consecutive terms, Times Now-CNX said the ruling party may get 16 seats. It predicted 18 seats for Mizo (MNF) in the 40-member assembly.

The counting of votes for five states, including besides the four states, will take place on December 11.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 22:12 IST
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