New Delhi, April 29 :Exit polls on Thursday forecast a tight contest between the incumbent Trinamool Congress and the BJP in the high-profile West Bengal assembly polls and put the saffron combine ahead in Assam, while projecting a win for the ruling Left alliance in Kerala and for the DMK-led opposition in Tamil Nadu.
The exit poll numbers were largely a setback for the Congress, which while falling short in Assam and Kerala may also lose its government in the union territory of Puducherry to the opposition alliance of AINRC-BJP-AIADMK.
Exit polls were, however, divided in their forecast for the West Bengal polls, where the BJP ran a high-octane campaign in its bid to capture power in the state for the first time by ending Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee”s 10-year old reign.
Republic-CNX polls gave the BJP a slight edge by protecting 138-148 seats for the party in the 294-seat assembly and 128-138 to the TMC.
However, Times Now-C Voter predicted a clear majority for the TMC by projecting 158 seats for the party and 115 for the BJP.
Jan Ki Baat exit polls, however, predicted a strong majority for the BJP in West Bengal, giving it 162-185 seats, against 104-121 to the ruling TMC.
The TMC had won 211 seats in 2016 and the BJP only three in the 294-member West Bengal assembly.
The Left-Congress alliance was forecast to be further marginalized in the fiercely bipolar contest.
In Assam, India Today-Axis My India predicted 75-85 seats for the BJP-led combine in the 126-member assembly and 40-50 to the Congress-led opposition.
Today”s Chanakya predicted 61-79 seats for the saffron alliance and 47-65 for the Congress-led opposition in Assam. Republic-CNX gave the ruling saffron alliance 74-84 and the opposition 40-50, while Times Now-C Voter gave them 65 and 59 seats respectively.
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan may defy the norm in his state of the two main alliances alternating in power by leading the CPI(M)-led alliance to another spell in power, going by various exit polls.
Axis My India predicted a big win for the LDF by projecting 104 seats for it in the 140-member assembly and predicting only 20-36 seats to the Congress-led UDF.
Today’s Chanakya forecast 93-111 seats for the LDF and 26-44 for the UDF in 140-member strong Kerala assembly. CNX predicted a closer fight but still projected a majority of 72-80 seats for the ruling alliance against 54-64 for the opposition.
In another key southern state, Tamil Nadu, Axis My India and CNX forecast a big win for the DMK-led alliance that also includes the Congress. They gave 175-195 and 160-170 respectively for the DMK-Congress-led alliance in the 234-member assembly. The AIADMK-led alliance, which includes the BJP, was projected to get 38-54 and 58-68 respectively.
Today’s Chanakya predicted 164-186 seats for the DMK combine and 46-68 for the incumbent AIADMK-led alliance in Tamil Nadu.
Our Kokrajhar Bureau adds : BTC ,CEM Pramod Boro has hailed exit poll showing NDA government formation in the state of Assam by winning majority of the seats .
On Thursday while talking media , Boro said that his UPPL is winning 7-8 seats in the 11 contesting constituencies in BTC districts.
‘ People from all corners voted in favour of UPPL and BJP parties in the region to form the next state government”,Boro said.
“It is a good exit poll that is showing the majority seats in favour of the NDA alliance in Assam “, Boro said.
Meanwhile, Assam Social welfare minister and BPF candidate for the prestigious Kokrajhar East constituency,Pramila Rani Brahma expressed her confidence of winning the assembly election for the straight seven term.
In a an interview in Kokrajhar on Thursday, Brahma who contested the assembly election from Kokrajhar East constituency said that she received massive support from all corners of the society during the election.
She was confident that the Mahajoth would be forming state government by winning majority of the seats in the state.
She was hopeful that BPF would be winning 10 seats out of the 12 contesting constituencies in four districts of the Bodoland Territorial Council.
She said that as per internal reports BPF would be getting majority in the contesting seats across the BTC districts.
She has alleged that BJP and UPPL had used money and muscle power during the assembly elections.
“I have faith on God for getting last laugh from Kokrajhar East constituency”, Brahma said.
Meanwhile, UPPL secretary and UPPL candidate for Kokrajhar East constituency, Lawrence Islary was confident of winning the Kokrajhar East constituency with the massive support of all sections of the society who voted in favour of UPPL .
He said that this time people from all corners voted for the upliftment and development among the society .
“I am confident of winning from Kokrajhar East constituency”,Islary said.
( With inputs from Our Kokrajhar Bureau & Agencies )