Exit Poll UP, Punjab, and Other Election 2017 Results

Even though most exit polls predict huge gains for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, the prospect of a hung Assembly stares at the state.

Not only do they call Uttar Pradesh, the most important prize in this round of state polls, in favour of the BJP, the exit polls also project the BJP as the victor in Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur.

Counting of votes for 117 Punjab assembly seats - voting for which was held on February 4 - will be taken up on March 11.

If the majority of the exit polls are to be believed, the Modi mania continues to sweep Uttar Pradesh.

The exit poll has predicted anywhere between 164-176 seats for the BJP, while the SP-Congress alliance is likely to get between 156-169 seats. The majority mark in the 403-member state assembly is 202 seats. Two polls show the Congress winning, the other shows AAP ahead.

If these predictions do come true then it completely negates the anti-incumbency factor against the BJP and also debunks the theory that moving Union Defence Minister Manohor Parrikar out of Goa would have hurt the party's prospects in the assembly elections.

Most polls also forecast a close fight between the Congress, which is seeking to return to power in Punjab after a hiatus of 10 years, and Arvind Kejriwal's AAP, making its debut in the Assembly polls in the State. India TV-CVoter gives 81-93 seats to Mayawati's outfit and 8-20 seats to other political parties. Punjab is the only state for which various exit polls have unanimously predicted a BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) loss. If this comes true, BJP will get the chance to form a coalition government, and it will come as a big surprise as the party didn't win even a single seat in the previous elections (2012).

The reproduction of the story/photograph in any form will be liable for legal action. But India News-MRC predicted the Congress' victory in Uttarakhand with 38 seats.

So one can just take a cue from these numbers while awaiting anxiously for the real ones to emerge on March 11.

If indeed these results pan out as forecast-exit polls are known to have got it wrong in the past-then Indian politics will witness a benchmark moment.

However, SP leader Naresh Aggarwal was non-committal about suggestions that the SP-Congress alliance would tie up with BSP to keep BJP away from the seat of power. It predicted 46-53 seats for the BJP. If BJP does manage to stage a comeback, it will be yet another setback for the Congress whose presence is constantly declining from the states that were once considered its strongholds.

  • Joe Gonzales