New Delhi: Exit polls on Friday predicted a Congress sweep in Rajasthan and a Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) win in Telangana while giving the Congress an edge over the BJP in a fiercely-contested battle in both Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
The surveys predicted that Mizoram, the only northeast state now with the Congress, may see a hung Assembly.
Surveys by media organisations and agencies predicted a Congress victory in Rajasthan, continuing a trend in a state that has not re-elected the party in power for a second term in the last 20 years.
In the 200-seat Rajasthan Assembly, the India Today-Axis My India survey gave the Congress 119 to 141 seats with a vote share of 42 per cent. The BJP was poised to get 55-72 seats with a 37 per cent vote share.
The Republic TV-CVoter predicted that the Congress would get 81-101 and the BJP 83-103 seats.
The Times Now-CNX survey forecast that the Congress was likely to win 105 seats and the BJP 85 seats. The BSP could get seven seats.
A survey by News24 gave the Congress a clear majority (110-120 seats) with the BJP likely to win 70-80 seats.
In 2013, the BJP won 163 of 200 seats. The Congress finished a distant second with 21 seats.
In Telangana, the exit polls predicted that the ruling TRS will retain power and the gamble by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao to dissolve the Assembly ahead of schedule may have worked in his favor.
According to various surveys, the Congress-led People’s Front will have to sit in the opposition in the Assembly. The Congress had stitched an alliance with the Telugu Desam Party, the Telangana Jana Samithi and the Communist Party of India to take on the TRS.
Exit polls in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the states ruled by the BJP since 2003, indicated a close contest but an edge for the Congress. A majority of exit polls predicted a Congress victory in Madhya Pradesh.