Exit polls after the election in five States coming to an end this evening, gave Congress an edge with most predictions pointing to its return to power in Rajasthan, a close finish in Madhya Pradesh and likelihood of ruling Chattisgarh and K. Chandrashekhar Rao set to make a clean sweep in Telangana.
The elections, seen as a semifinal to the 2019 general poll, could see the BJP losing some ground with a bulk of the Lok Sabha seats coming from the region.
The India Today-Axis My India Exit Poll, points to a likelihood of Congress coming to power with 104-122 seats and the BJP 102-120 of the total 230 seats.
But Times Now-CNX gives BJP a clear win with with 126 seats and Congress 89.
ABP puts it at 126 for Congress and 94 for BJP. Republic-Jan Ki Baat projects 108-128 for BJP and 95-115 for Congress. CVoter leaves it at 110-126 for Congress and 90-106 for BJP. The majority mark is 116.
Exit polls give a clear mandate for Congress where the unpopularity of Vasundhara Raje coupled with the efforts of Sachin Pilot turning things.
The India Today poll projects 119-141 for Congress and 55-73 for BJP. Times Now puts it at Congress 105 and BJP 85, Jan ki Baat at Congress 93 and BJP 91 and CVoter at 60 for Congress and 137 for BJP, being the only exception. Absolute majority is 100 seats.
In Chattisgarh, CVoter gives BJP 35-43 and Congress 40-50, CNX - Times Now BJP 46 Congress 35, India TV BJP 42-50 and Congress 32-38, CSDS - ABP BJP 52 And Congress 35, Axis My India - India Today BJP 21-31 and Congress 55-65 and Republic Jan Ki Baat BJP 40-48 and Congress 37-43. The halfway mark is 46.
In Telangana, exit poll by various agencies pointed to Chandrasekhara Rao early election gamble helping him retain power with at least 69-70 seats. Congress-led ‘Prajakutami’ alliance may manage some 32-37 seats and BJP is likely to get nothing more than four seats. The halfway mark is 60.
Congress is likely to lose Mizoram. The Republic survey gives Congress 14-18, MNF 16-20 and others 3-10 and Times Now projects it at Congress 16, MNF 18 and others 6. The halfway mark is 21 seats.