New Delhi, Oct 16: The Assembly elections in two politically crucial states of Maharashtra and Haryana are one of the first real test of the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who led the BJP to an unprecedented win in May in the Lok Sabha polls.
Modi had campaigned extensively in both the states, urging people to vote for the BJP.
The counting of votes is to be done on October 19 but before that the BJP has been projected in almost all the exit polls to be emerging as the single largest party in both the states.
The Congress and NCP, which were ruling Maharashtra for 15 years before they split ahead of the elections, were projected to lose heavily while Shiv Sena was predicted to emerge as the second largest party.
According to Times Now-C Voter poll prediction, the BJP would manage to win 129 of 288 seats in the politically crucial state of Maharashtra. The BJP has parted ways with its 25-year-old association with the Shiv Sena, which was projected to win in 56 seats.
However, in the 90-member Haryana assembly the BJP is predicted to win 37 seats.
The Times Now-C Voter poll said the Congress was likely to win 43 seats in Maharashtra while ABP-Nielsen said it will bag just 30 seats. In Haryana, Times Now-C Voter gave the Congress 15 seats and ABP-Nielsen poll predicted the country’s main opposition party will get 10 seats.
The ABP-Nielsen poll predicted 144 seats for the BJP and 77 for the Shiv Sena, and India Today-Cicero exit poll has stated that the BJP could win 124 seats in Maharashtra.
The poll has said that the Shiv Sena will be the second largest gainer in Maharashtra with 71 seats. The Congress party will fail to manage a respectable position in the Assembly as it has already been relegated to the political sidelines since its defeat in the Lok Sabha polls.
Today’s Chanakya predicted a clear majority of 151 seats for the BJP in Maharashtra and 52 in Haryana. Today’s Chanakya had predicted a 300-plus sweep for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha elections.
If the outcome on Sunday’s judgement day matches the exit poll predictions, it would certainly compell the Congress party to overhaul the organisation to face the ever-increasing strength of the BJP.
Modi campaigned extensively for the state elections, addressing 27 rallies in Maharashtra and 11 in Haryana to prop up the BJP’s fortunes after the by-election drubbing.
Haryana witnessed a high turnout of 75.9%, while Maharashtra registered a turnout of 63.4% in the elections seen as a test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity. The elections were mainly peaceful except for minor clashes in Haryana.
(With Agency Inputs)