Exit polls on Wednesday soon after the completion of assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra predicted absolute majority for the BJP, which could pave the way for the formation of government in both rich states.
The exit polls, released after the voting was held in the two states, shows that the Congress is still getting battered in elections, while Shiv Sena in Maharashtra has reportedly paid heavily for its reluctance to join the alliance with BJP and helping BJP emerge victorious on its own, riding high on Modi Wave.
The India TV C-Voter exit poll for Maharashtra predicted that the BJP will emerge as the single-largest party in the 288-member assembly, with 124-134 seats, while it requires 145 seats to form the government. The Shiv Sena would get 51-61 seats, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 31-41 and the Congress 38-48. Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) was projected to win 9-15 seats. It means BJP and Shiv Sena have to form coalition government.
Another exit poll by Today’s Chanakya showed the BJP to get 151 (+/- 9 seats), the Shiv Sena 71 (+/- 9), the Congress 27 (+/- 5) and NCP 28 (+/- 5). The MNS and others were projected to get 11 (+/- 5 seats). It means BJP can form the government on its own, if it crosses 145 seats.
The ABP News-Nielsen predicted that the BJP and its smaller allies will get 127 seats, still short of 18 to form the government in Maharashtra. It predicted that the Shiv Sena will get 77 seats, the Congress 40, NCP 34 and MNS five. So, coalition is imminent in this scenario.
The C-voter poll, telecast by Times Now news channel, predicted that the BJP would get 129 seats, short of 16 seats for government formation in Maharashtra, while the Congress would get 43, the Shiv Sena 56 and the NCP 36 seats. So, coalition is a must scenario here too.
For Haryna, the India TV-C Voter predicted that the BJP would get 34-40 seats in the 90-member assembly, which will form the government comfortably. It said the Indian National Lok Dal will get 25-31 seats. The Congress, currently ruling the state will dwindle to 12 to 18 after its 10-year rule in the state.
The ABP-Neilsen poll said the BJP would get 46 seats in Haryana, the Congress 10 and the INLD 29, giving BJP the clear majority. The poll also said the Haryana Janhit Congress may get 2 seats and others may get 3 seats.
Today’s Chanakya predicted that the BJP would win 52 (+/- 7 seats), the INLD 23 (+/- 7), the Congress 10 (+/- 5) and others 5 (+/- 3). (IANS)