BJP to sweep Maharashtra and Haryana, predict exit polls

The counting of votes and result announcement for Haryana and Maharashtra state assemblies will take place on October 24.

Published: 21st October 2019 07:27 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd October 2019 08:23 AM   |  A+A-

Vote, Elections, Polls

Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station during Haryana Assembly elections. (Phoot| PTI)

By Express News Service

​NEW DELHI: With hardly any Opposition worth the name, pollsters predicted a walkover for the ruling BJP in Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections, where voters cast their ballots on Monday. While Maharashtra registered close to 60.46% turnout, the figure for Haryana was 66%.

Exit poll outcomes suggested a voter brain fog on the Congress that had dominated the political space till 2014. In contrast, people in both the states appeared to have endorsed the nationalism pitch of the BJP, as the Opposition floundered despite pressing local issues and the economic slowdown.

Exit polls indicate the BJP-led Mahayuti in Maharashtra could win between 166 and 243 of the total 288 Assembly seats. The BJP-Shiv Sena had a combined tally of 185 seats in the outgoing Assembly. As for the Congress-NCP alliance, it is predicted to get between 48 and 90 seats. If pollsters have got it right, the BJP-Sena alliance would win a second straight mandate after wresting it from the Congress-NCP combine in 2014. The BJP and the Sena had contested the 2014 state polls separately, winning 122 and 63 seats, respectively. They then forged a post-poll pact to share power.

Counting of votes in both Maharashtra and Haryana will happen on Thursday.Exit polls in Haryana suggested Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will not only retain power but the BJP will post a better tally — over 70 seats in a 90-member Assembly. When the BJP had first stormed to power in 2014 in Haryana, it managed to win 47 seats by consolidating the non-Jat vote base. It now appears to be drawing Jat votes as well, with the faction-ridden Congress and the disintegrated Indian National Lok Dal not even putting up a half-decent fight. Haryana registered 66% voter turnout till 6 pm in contrast to 76.54% in the 2014 state polls indicating lesser mobilisation by the Opposition.

Exit polls for Haryana

Times Now

BJP-71
Cong-11
INLD+Akali-0
Others-8

India News-Polstrat

BJP-75-80
Cong-9-12
INLD+Akali-0-1
Others-1-3

News X-Polstrat

BJP-75-80
Cong-9-12
INLD-Akali-0-1
Others-1-3

Maharashtra: India Today-Axis My India exit polls

Times Now

BJP Shiv Sena--230
Cong NCP--48
Others--10

TV9 Marathi-Cicero

BJP-Shiv Sena---197
Cong-NCP--75
Others--10

CNN News 18-IPSOS

BJP Shiv Sena--243
Cong NCP--41
Others--4

India Today-Axis My India

BJP-Shiv Sena--166-194
Cong-NCP--72-90
Others--22-34

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  • Poda De

    Any sensible Opposition party would be always watchful of honest correct action as well as popular public sentiment and object to the Ruling party's policy-mistakes and not blindly keep adversely commenting on each and every right step taken. Strategy of Congress not coming to terms of reality is continuously misfiring and backfiring ! 
    21 days ago reply
  • Poda De

    Expecting italian mother-tongues to have cent per cent India-patriotism is height of thoughtless mistakes !
    21 days ago reply
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