In the evening today, almost all the channels started broadcasting exit polls for the five stated that have voted. The picture for Uttar Pradesh is clear – BJP is winning according to aggregate of polls. Whereas in Punjab, AAP and Congress are at perfect tie according to one poll forecast. Talking about Uttarakhand, the state has picked up BJP, based on most polls. Goa appears to be retained by BJP. Manipur’s situation is not clear with exit polls – one shows its in the hands of Congress, another shows BJP.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav says that he will alliance with Mayawati if he falls short with number of votes even after alliance with Congress. “I have always treated the BSP (Mayawati’s party) with respect, so it’s natural for people to assume we may seek her help. It’s difficult to say at this point. I am confident the Congress-SP alliance will win…but look, nobody wants President’s Rule, the BJP to run Uttar Pradesh by remote control.”
Based on four polls for Punjab, its nearly too close to call. One shows Congress ahead, other shows AAP winning, two place there is a tie. The aggregate shows Congress victory with just two seats.
Uttarakhand with 70 seats, is being shown in the hands of BJP according to three polls but the fourth polls shows tie between BJP and Congress. Aggregate shows BJP holding the state.
Three exit polls for Goa which has 40 seats show the BJP retaining the state.
Manipur with 60 seats is forecasting picking BJP in one poll and Congress in another.
Remember, exit polls often get it wrong. The actual results will be declared on Saturday. However, the election results will Narendra Modi’s popularity and his chances of coming back in 2019.
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