The results of the elections held in five states – UP, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur – are set to be declared on March 10.
The news: Before the actual results which will decide the fate of these states, the exit poll’s estimates have come out.
- According to the exit polls it is predicted that Bhartiya Janta Party’s return is visible in UP.
- Exit polls predicted that Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will sweep Punjab and Uttar Pradesh will remain firmly with the BJP.
- A poll of 11 exit polls in Uttarakhand predict a tight race, with the BJP in the lead but both the ruling party and the Congress within striking distance of power. According to exit polls, the BJP could win 35 seats and the Congress 32.
- Exit polls predict a close race in Goa, with the BJP and the Congress both predicted to win 16 of the state’s 40 seats, far short of the required majority of 21. Ten exit polls give Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool three seats, implying that it could end up being the kingmaker in a majority fight.
- According to many exit polls, the BJP is on track to becoming Manipur’s largest party. BJP is likely to win 30 seats in the 60-seat assembly, just one short of a majority. They predict that the Congress will win 13 seats.
- Elections were held in 7 phases in 403 assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh, while votes were cast in one phase in Punjab for 117 seats, 40 seats in Goa, and Uttarakhand’s 70 seats. At the same time, elections were held for 60 seats in Manipur in two phases.