New Delhi: Exit polls out last evening were not good news for the Congress with nearly all of them predicting big wins for the BJP in the all four heartland states that went to the polls in November-December.
Polls for state assemblies were held in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi whose results will be out on December 8, while Mizoram’s results will be out on December 9.
The exit polls predict that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will wrest Rajasthan from the Congress and retain Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, while its chances in Delhi are very bright.
The India TV-CVoter exit poll said the BJP will win in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and will be slightly short of majority in Chhattisgarh, while the CNN-IBN-The Week survey said the BJP will win in all three states.
The BJP is set to win the assembly polls in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, the ABP News-Neilson exit poll said. It did not give the outcome of surveys in the other three states.
According to the India TV-CVoter exit polls, in Rajasthan, the BJP is projected to win 130 seats of the total 199, while the ruling Congress was projected to manage just 48 seats.
The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would win four seats, and the other parties 17 seats.
According to the CNN-IBN-The Week post-poll survey released yesterday, the Bharatiya Janata Party was set to make a comeback in Rajasthan by winning 126-136 seats. It predicts 49-57 seats for the Congress in the state.
The BJP had won 78 seats in the state in 2008 elections and the Congress had grabbed 96.
The exit poll also said that the BJP will retain Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
According to India TV-CVoter exit polls in Delhi till 1pm, the BJP is projected to win 29 of the 70 assembly seats, the Congress 21, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 16 seats, and the BSP two seats.
In 2008, the Congress had won 43, the BJP 23 seats, and the BSP two.
According to the ABP-Neilson survey, the BJP is set to win simple majority in Delhi with 37 seats and a vote share of 33 percent in the 70-member house.
It said that while the Congress will get 16 seats, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP will get around 15 seats.
AAP appears to have dented the vote share of the Congress, which in 2008 got vote share of 40.46 percent as compared to 28 percent in 2013.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had been ruling Delhi for 15 years.
Polling was held in Delhi yesterday.
Delhi did itself proud as it registered a record over 66 percent voter turnout, with young people and even the usually indifferent elite class turning up in large numbers at polling booths, in a largely triangular contest that was watched eagerly nationwide ahead of the 2014 national polls.
Over 66 percent of Delhi’s 11.9 million electors, including many VIPs, cast ballot till 7.30pm to elect a new 70-member house from amongst 810 candidates.
Though, polling was officially over by 5pm, but seeing long serpentine queues, including young and old, men and women, outside many polling stations, the state election commission declared that voting will continue till the last person has exercised their franchise.
The exact polling percentage was not available till late last night. It was for the first time Delhi has witnessed such an overwhelming response in elections to its assembly.
In the first assembly elections in 1993, Delhi witnessed a turnout of 61.75 percent. In 1998, it recorded the lowest turnout at just over 48 percent voting.
In the 2003 elections, over 53 percent voters cast their ballots, and in 2008, over 57 percent polling was recorded.
Results, which will be out on December 8, could have a role in deciding who gets to rule India in the Lok Sabha polls next year.
According to experts, the overwhelming response — including from over 400,000 first time voters — indicates that people have cast their ballot for change, better governance and clean leadership. The heavy polling brought smiles to the face of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). IANS