All Exit Polls sing paeans for BJP, Congress may improve tally though

New Delhi, Dec 14: If we were to bring out the essence of the Exit polls after the Gujarat and the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections then to encapsulate the story of the evening, the writing on the wall is clear: It's a BJP wave and the party is all set to form a government in the two states, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat.
Yes, BJP is moving towards a thumping majority. Interestingly, the number of seats, according to the Exit polls, predicted for BJP in Gujarat is even more then what was when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat.
To summarise, exit polls for the Gujarat Assembly elections 2017 show the BJP holding on to Gujarat and wresting control of Himachal Pradesh from the Congress party. In Gujarat, most exit polls predict more than 100 seats for the BJP, which means a comfortable majority in the 182-seat house where the halfway mark at 92. Gujarat recorded 68.70 per cent polling in the second phase of voting today. 

 All exit polls on Thursday predicted a clean sweep for the BJP in the Assembly elections held in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, in both of which it was virtually a direct fight between the two parties.

While one channel gave a maximum of 135 seats to the BJP in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly, the lowest of 99-113 was given by another in the state which has been ruled by the party for the last 22 years.

The ABP-CSDS Lokniti exit poll showed the BJP winning a maximum of 117 seats and Congress 64. The India Today-Axis poll predicted 99-113 seats for the BJP and 68-82 seats for the Congress.

The Times Now and India TV-VMR exit poll predicted the BJP will win 113 and the Congress 66. In the 2012 assembly elections, the BJP had won 115 seats and the Congress 61 while the others got six.

The Republic-Jan Ki Baat survey put the number for the BJP at 108 and the Congress at 74. The predictions by NewsX-CNX placed the BJP on the top with 110-120 seats and the Congress between 65 and 75.

The poll by News24-Chanakya predicted 135 for the BJP and 47 for the Congress in Gujarat.

In Himachal Pradesh, where the Congress was in power for the last five years, the exit polls showed the BJP wresting the power with India Today-Axis giving it 47-55 in the 68-member assembly.

The ruling Congress is likely to get 13-20 seats. Republic TV-Jan Ki Baat gave the BJP 41 and the Congress 25. The NewsX-CNX poll predicted that the BJP will get 42-50 and the Congress 18-24 seats.

The survey by ABP-CSDS in Himachal Pradesh showed the BJP may get 38 and the Congress 29. The poll by News24-Chanakya predicted 55 for the BJP and 13 for the Congress.

Himachal Pradesh registered a 74 per cent voter turnout in the single-phase polling on November 9. The Congress is currently ruling Himachal Pradesh, while BJP has been in power in Gujarat for last 22 years. 

News24Bureau with Agencies