DEHRADUN: With most of the exit polls Thursday predicting win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttarakhand, the saffron party erupted in joy. Only India TV-CVoter predicted photo finish for both the ruling Congress and BJP, giving 29-35 seats to both the parties.
NDTV predicted 45 seats for BJP and 21 for Congress while News 24 -Chanakya gave 53 seats to the saffron party and 15 to Congress. The India Today-Axis gave between 46-53 seats to BJP and 12-21 to Congress. In the 70-member House, a party needs 36 seats for simple majority.
BJP state president Ajay Bhatt termed exit poll predictions on the expected lines. “This is the end of the corrupt Rawat government in Uttarakhand. We have been maintaining that we will win,” Bhatt said.
Uttarakhand had witnessed a high-pitch campaign between Congress poster boy Harish Rawat and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The campaign was apparently less about issues and more about personalities. PM had hit hard Rawat on corruption allegations during his back-to-back rallies in the last leg of campaigning. Party feels that Modi’s pitch helped them in winning confidence of the voters, particularly youngsters and women.
The ruling Congress said that it will wait for the “results” to be announced on Saturday as exit polls had also failed in the past. Congress president Kishore Upadhyay claimed that the party has better chances of forming the government.
In fact, a day after the polls were held on February 15, Rawat had maintained that party could seek help of fringe parties and independents to form government, hinting that Congress may not get enough numbers on its own.