The BJP was projected to win Uttarakhand assembly polls by various exit polls on Thursday with projections ranging from 35 to 53 seats for the party in the 70-member house.
The News 24-Today’s Chanakya poll gave the Bharatiya Janata Party 53 seats, the ruling Congress 15 and others two in the hill state. India Today-Axis poll predicted that BJP would get 46-53 seats, the Congress 12-21, and others 2-6 seats. India News-MRC exit poll projected 38 seats for the BJP, 30 for the Congress, two for others.
India TV-Cvoter predicted that both the BJP and the Congress had a similar chance at forming the government in the state and projected 29-35 seats for both parties each. It projected two to nine seats for others.
The poll of polls done by CNN-News18 projected the BJP to be getting 38 seats, the Congress 26 and others six, and a similar exercise by NDTV projected the BJP getting 43 seats and the Congress 23 in the hill state.
Exit polls were telecast on Thursday evening after the balloting ended on a seat each in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, which polls were earlier countermanded following deaths of candidates.
Five states — Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa and Manipur — witnessed assembly polls in February-March. The counting of votes will take place on Saturday.
Here are the exit poll predictions:
NewsX-MRC: BJP (38), Congress (30), Others (2)
Aaj Tak-Axis My India: BJP (46-53), Congress (12-21), Others (1-2)
India TV-CVoter: BJP (29-25), Congress (29-35)
News 24-Chanakya: BJP (53), Congress (15), Others (2)
India Today-Axis My India: Congress (12-21), BJP (46-53), BSP (1-4), Others (1-2)