New Delhi: Counting of votes in the high-voltage Assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry have begun at 8 am on Thursday. As per exit polls, it may be a big win for the saffron party in Assam and the party is likely to win its first North Eastern state. The poll of polls - which aggregates different exit polls - indicates the BJP and its allies get 73 of a possible 126 seats. Exit poll for Bengal shows Mamata Banerjee getting 184 of a possible 294 seats, giving her another big win. Aggregated exit polls for Kerala clearly show the Left taking back the state from the Congress, with 79 of a possible 140 seats. Tamil Nadu seems to have maintained its record of according alternate terms to its two leading players. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is reduced to 103 seats, with the DMK and Congress coalition ahead at 120 according to aggregated results. For Congress, the only hope appears to be in Puducherry, where the party may register victory in alliance with the DMK.
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