Exit Poll: BJP-Sena set for big win in Maharashtra, BJP to rule in Haryana again
New Delhi/IBNS/UNI: As the Assembly Elections come to an end in two crucial states of India, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will continue in power comfortably in Maharashtra and Haryana, exit polls showcased on Monday predicted.
Several Exit polls on Monday predicted a landslide win for BJP-Shiv Sena combine in the just concluded elections to 22-seat Maharashtra assembly.
According to Times Now exit poll, BJP-Shiv Sena will win 230 seats followed by Congress at 48 seats and others with 10.
Exit poll conducted by India Today-My Axis said the NDA will bag 166-194 seats while Congress and its allies will win 72-40 seats.
CNN-Ipsos exit poll predicted 243 seats for BJP-Sena combine, 41 for Congress and its allies and others with 4 seats.
The exit poll by NDTV predicted 211 seats for BJP-SS while Cong-NCP was set to win 64 seats and others at 13.
A party needs 145 seats for a majority.
A total of 3237 candidates from a host of parties besides independents are in the fray.
BJP contested on 164 seats, while its alliance Shiv Sena has fielded candidates on 126 seats. Congress has fielded 147 candidates and the ally NCP has fielded 121.
In 2014 elections, BJP won 122 seats, the Sena-63, the Congress-42 and the NCP-41.
In Haryana, the BJP is likely to win 66 of 90 seats and the Congress may be limited to 14, NDTV exit poll suggested.
The majority mark was 46 in Haryana.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra witnessed 44.61 percent turnout of voters while in Haryana, the voter turnout till 5 pm stood at 53.78 percent.
In Maharashtra, 288 seats are up for grab as Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is in an alliance with bitter-sweet ally Shiv Sena to contest the state polls opposite the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance.
After casting his vote, Fadnavis said, "I have voted with my family. I urge all voters to cast their votes."
In a similar message, Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray said, "I urge all voters to turn up and cast their mandates." For the first time in Thackeray family, Uddhav's son Aaditya is contesting the Maharashtra polls from Worli, emerging as a new leader in the state politics.
While the BJP had moved its top brass to campaign in Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP had apparently led a lack-lustre campaign. The Congress and NCP had failed to even hold a single joint campaign.