The saffron juggernaut, which has steamrolled all opposition in Indian politics for the past five years, keeps rolling on with its seemingly unstoppable momentum.
New Delhi, Oct 21: The saffron juggernaut, which has steamrolled all opposition in Indian politics for the past five years, keeps rolling on with its seemingly unstoppable momentum.
The latest electoral battle in which the BJP and its allies seem to have delivered a knockout blow to the opposition is the assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra.
If the exit polls are to be believed, the BJP in on its way to an overwhelming victory in Haryana and Maharashtra.
The saffron party is in power in both states and if the exit polls turn to be accurate in their prediction, it is on its way to retain power by more than a comfortable margin.
Polling is also being held for the by-election to 51 Assembly seats and two Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states.
In Maharashtra a total of 8,98,39,600 people, including 4,28,43,635 women, are eligible to vote. The direct confrontation is between the 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena and smaller parties against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party.
Congress, despite all odds, is hopeful of making a comeback in Haryana following a change in guard in the state.
On the other hand, BJP led by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has set a target of winning 75 seats out of 90 in which 1,169 candidates of various political outfits are contesting. The number of polling booths is 19,578.
Congress leader and former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has rejected the exit poll figures which predict an overwhelming triumph for the BJP.
According to the exit poll carried out by India Today, the BJP is slated to corner 45 per cent of the vote in Maharashtra. The Congress is in for 35 per cent while the other parties will get 20 per cent.
In Haryana, the TimesNow exit poll has predicted 71 assembly seats for the BJP with a vote share of 46.2 per cent.
Its prediction for the Congress is 11 seats with 22.8 per cent votes.
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