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Exit polls predict comfortable win for BJP

May 20, 2019

Exit polls are predicting a comfortable win for the National Democratic Alliance with over 300 seats in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP and its allies are likely to get 49 seats in Uttar Pradesh, followed closely by the Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav coalition. In West Bengal, the BJP, which won 2 seats in 2014 elections, is likely to win 14.

Maharashtra will see a comfortable BJP-Shiv Sena victory while 6 out of 7 seats in Delhi will go to BJP, poll of exit polls predict.

In Odisha, the exit polls predict a neck-to-neck competition between BJP and the ruling Biju Janata Dal.

The marathon Lok Sabha elections of 2019 concluded on Sunday after seven phases of voting. On 23 May, when the votes are counted, the election results will determine the next government at the Centre.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is running for a second term and is contesting from Varanasi. Congress President Rahul Gandhi is contesting from two seats, Wayanad in Kerala and his home turf Amethi.

Around 90 crore people were eligible to vote in the elections this year, an increase of around 9 crore compared to the last elections. A million polling stations had been set up across the country for the mammoth election. The elections saw a 66.39% overall turn out.

Except National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, most of the opposition leaders have rubbished the predictions. Abdullah, one of the most vocal critics of PM Modi and his government seems more accepting of the likely outcome.

Every single exit poll can't be wrong! Time to switch off the TV, log out of social media & wait to see if the world is still spinning on its axis on the 23rd. - Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader

However Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu did not agree with Abdulla. "Time and again exit polls have failed to catch the People's pulse. Exit polls have proved to be incorrect and far from ground reality in many instances. While undoubtedly TDP govt will be formed in AP, we are confident that non-BJP parties will form a non-BJP govt at the center", tweeted Naidu.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she doesn't trust exit polls. "I don't trust Exit Poll gossip. The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip. I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together," she tweeted.

The polls have also predicted a massive defeat for the Congress in the three heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh that it snatched from the BJP barely six months ago.

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