People stand in queue to cast their votes during the second phase of Gujarat state legislature elections in Ahmedabad, India, on Monday. AP
The Bharatiya janata Party (BJP) looks all set to form the government in Gujarat for a record seventh time, according a slew of exit polls released on Thursday.
In Himachal Pradesh, though, the exit polls have predicted a tight contest between incumbent BJP and opposition Congress, with the former holding slight edge.
The NewsX-Jan Ki Baat exit poll has projected BJP to sweep the Gujarat Assembly elections by winning 117-140 seats in the 182-member state Assembly, while Congress is expected to win 34-51 seats, followed by AAP with 6-13 seats.
Republic TV-P Marq too has suggested a sweep for BJP by predicting it to win 128-148 seats in Gujarat, while the Congress may get around 30-42 seats, followed by AAP with 2-10 seats.
TV-9 Gujarati has also projected 125-130 seats for the BJP in Gujarat, while the Congress is lilely to win 40-50 seats. AAP is likely to bag 5 seats.
Going by the exit poll predictions for Gujarat, Congress is set to come down considerably from its current tally of 80 seats, while the BJP looks set to cruise past the majority mark of 92 seats.
In the 68-member Himachal Assembly where the majority mark is 35, Aaj Tak has predicted 26-31 seats for the Congress, the BJP is projected to win 24-34 seats.
India TV-Matrize has projected Congress to win 26-31 seats in the hill state, while the BJP too is likely to bag 26-31 seats.
The NewsX-Jan Ki Baat exit poll has predicted Congress to win 27-34 seats in Himachal Pradesh, while the BJP is tipped to win between 27 and 34 seats.
The Republic TV-P Marq exit poll has predicted identical projections of 28-33 seats for both the parties, suggesting that AAP may open its account in Himachal with a solitary seat.
Times Now-ETG too has predicted both Congress and BJP to win around 24-32 seats in Himachal Pradesh.
Zee News-BARC has also predicted both the main parties to win between 20 and 25 seats each, while AAP may win around 3 seats.
India went on high security alert Wednesday ahead of the start of its marathon election, after a campaign dominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership that has focused on keeping the country safe from attack.
In the fourth phase, the BJP will be defending 45 of the seats it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha battle — 13 in Rajasthan, 12 in Uttar Pradesh, eight in Maharashtra, five in Madhya Pradesh, three in Bihar, three in Jharkhand and one in West Bengal.
More than 100 million people across seven states are eligible to vote in the sixth phase of the 39-day-long poll, which Modi began on April 11 as front-runner after an escalation of tension with neighbouring Pakistan.
A silent prime minister was the highlight of a media interaction in the national capital on Friday. Narendra Modi did not take a single question as he appeared with BJP chief Amit Shah to claim that the party is poised for a clean sweep of the Lok Sabha seats.
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