Advantage Congress in Chhattisgarh, Telangana
New Delhi, Nov 30: Most exit polls on Thursday put the BJP ahead in Madhya Pradesh and gave it an edge in Rajasthan while predicting that it was advantage Congress in Telangana and Chhattisgarh.
Pollsters also indicated that there was a possibility of a hung House in Mizoram with Zoram People’s Movement (ZPM) locked in a close race with the ruling Mizo National Front (MNF). The Congress and the BJP were shown lagging behind in the northeastern state.
While the BJP is in power in Madhya Pradesh (230 seats), the Congress is ruling Rajasthan (200) and Chhattisgarh (90). In Telangana, the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) has been in power since 10 years and in Mizoram, the MNF is in government.
Elections to the five states took place between November 7-November 30 and the counting of votes would take place on December 3.
In Madhya Pradesh, while Dainik Bhaskar predicted 95-115 seats for the BJP and 105-120 for the Congress, India Today-Axis My India forecasted that the BJP will get 140 to 162 seats and the Congress 68-90.
In Rajasthan, India Today-Axis My India forecast a tight race, predicting 86-106 seats for the Congress, 80-100 seats for the BJP and others 9-18.
While Republic Matrize said the MNF would get 17-22, ZPM 7-12, Congress 7-10 and BJP 1-2, Times Now-ETG gave 14-18 seats to the MNF, 10-14 to the ZPM, 9-13 to the Congress and 0-2 to the BJP
Exit polls are ‘nonsense’, says BRS leader
Terming exit polls about Telangana Assembly polls ‘nonsense’ and ‘rubbish’, Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) working president K. T. Rama Rao said on Thursday that BRS will retain power.
Soon after some exit polls gave an edge to Congress party, he told media persons that BRS will win more than 70 seats in the 119-member Assembly to come to power for a third consecutive term.
According to a statement here, he also slammed the Election Commission of India for allowing exit polls to be published when voters were still standing in queues to cast their votes.
“The real poll will come out on December 3. Those who are trying to confuse Telangana voters are in for a huge surprise. Exit polls are not new. I promise those who are fans of BRS and want KCR to come back and run the state that we will come back with 70 plus seats. Just wait and watch,” he added.
He also said that it was ridiculous for the Election Commission to allow exit polls at 5.30 p.m. when people were still standing in queues to cast their votes.
The BRS leader said that Congress may try to use these exit polls to influence the voting pattern.
He also asked them if they have courage to apologise to people of Telangana if their exit polls are proved wrong on December 3. (Agencies)