Exit polls predict BJP win in Gujarat, Himachal

Exit polls predict BJP win in Gujarat, Himachal

Exit polls predict BJP win in Gujarat, Himachal

The Times Now-VMR and Zee News-Axis exit polls predicted that the BJP would win 51 of the total 68 Assembly seats in the state.

The exit poll by Republic-CVoter projects a BJP win from 41 constituencies and 25 for the Congress. Three seats might go to Others. In the big cities, such as Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, despite the strong Patidar movement led by Hardik Patel, and the OBC-Dalit agitation driven by Alphesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani, the cities seem to have stuck their necks out to retain the incumbent BJP. Results will be declared on December 18. According to NewsX-CNX Exit Poll, 45% of voters went with the BJP this year, a sharp decline of -02.85% from 47.85% vote share in 2012.

"A potentially convincing (110+ seats) win for the BJP in Gujarat - a state perceived to be the most impacted by the goods and services tax/demonetisation - will boost market sentiment".

ABP-CSDS predicted BJP might win 117, Congress 64 seats leaving 1 for Others.

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Incidentally, based on Thursday's exit polls the pricing in the betting market was vying on 92-94 seats for BJP and 90-92 seats for Congress.

With the Karnataka Assembly Elections around the corner, the increase in faith of the electorate in Congress may prove to be a headache that the BJP strategist Amit Shah may have to deal with, even as the party hopes to change the fortunes in the Congress-ruled state.

The India Today-Axis poll predicted 99-113 seats in the 182-seat Gujarat Assembly for the BJP and 68-82 seats for the Congress. In the 2012 election, the Congress came to power by winning 36 seats, while the BJP got 26 seats and others bagged the remaining six. While the Hindus in the state voted for the saffron party, the Muslims have shown their support for Congress by giving the party majority of the votes.

The election is being held in 93 seats across over 25000 polling stations in central as well as north Gujarat. Though voting in the second phase was abit higher than the first phase, it is still less than the previous elections. There were 851candidates in the fray and around 2.23 crore voters. The BJP dominated Kutch region too. The combined figures stand at around 67.75 per cent - lower than the 72 per cent of the 2012 Assembly elections.

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