Exit polls give BJP an edge over others in Haryana, Maharashtra elections

Assembly polls concluded in Haryana and Maharashtra

New Delhi, Oct 15: As the voting for Assembly elections ended on Wednesday evening with a high turnout in Maharashtra and Haryana, the exit polls came out with positive results in favour of the BJP.

According to Times Now-C-Voter, which based its findings till 3pm, the BJP is likely to get 129 seats in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, while in the 90-member Haryana assembly, the BJP was projected to get 37 seats.

Another exit poll by ABP News-Nielsen has stated that the BJP is poised to come out as the single largest party in Maharashtra with a total of 127 seats along with its allies while Shiv Sena will remain the second largest party with 77 seats.

According to the ABP-Nielsen polls, Maharshtra is heading towards a hung assembly and in that scenario the two parties resume their alliance. Congress will win 40 seats, while its former ally NCP could win 34 seats according to the survey. MNS could win just 5 seats while the rest of the five will be shared by other parties and independents.

If the Times Now-C-Voter predictions come true, the BJP would get another major boost following its stellar show in the April-May Lok Sabha elections. The assembly polls are being viewed a major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s charisma.

Just ahead of the elections, the BJP snapped its 25-year old alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and parted ways with Kuldeep Bishnoi’s Haryana Janhit Congress in Haryana.

The victory in these two states will not only reaffirm Modi’s appeal with voters but also silence detractors in his own party.

For the Congress, a poor result will possibly stoke further murmurs against Rahul Gandhi’s leadership.

The vote will also test the mettle of some of the country’s most powerful regional parties such as the Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in the western state as well as the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) in Haryana.

Both the chief ministers, Prithviraj Chavan in Maharashtra and Bhupinder Hooda in Haryana are battling strong anti-incumbency with corruption being a major poll issue.

(With Agency Inputs)

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