MUMBAI: The exit poll surveys conducted by various organisations have predicted a BJP Government in Maharashtra in the four-cornered contest. Except for two, all the surveys have predicted that the BJP will fall short of the majority mark by 10-15 seats.
Today’s Chanakya and ABP News-Neilsen have maintained that the BJP will form a majority government in the state.
The BJP has expressed confidence that the exit polls surveys will come true and it will be in a position to form a government on its own for the first time in the state.
However, the party leaders seem to be in a race for the Chief Minister’s post even before the election results are out. BJP leader, the late Gopinath Munde’s daughter Pankaja Palwe said that there was a public sentiment that she should occupy the CM’s chair, but she had not staked any claim to the post.
“The work I will do will contribute to the making of the CM and I have done that,” she said after casting her vote at Parli in Beed.
State BJP president Devendra Fadnavis, who is believed to be the front-runner for the CM’s post, refused to speculate. “There are no front-runners or back runners. In the BJP, the Legislature Party and the Parliamentary Board take the final decision,” he said.
Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant refused to acknowledge the exit poll surveys. He said that the party was confident that it will emerge as the single largest party in the state.