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Live exit polls: BJP to oust Cong in Assam, TMC will retain Bengal

The BJP will push out the Congress and win a historic mandate in Assam and AIADMK veteran J Jayalalithaa will be ousted in Tamil Nadu, TV exit polls predicted on Monday.

assembly elections Updated: May 16, 2016 20:22 IST
HT Correspondent
An electoral official marks the finger of a voter with ink at a polling station in Chennai on May 16 during voting in state assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
An electoral official marks the finger of a voter with ink at a polling station in Chennai on May 16 during voting in state assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.(AFP Photo)

The BJP will for the first time win power in Assam and AIADMK veteran J Jayalalithaa will be ousted in Tamil Nadu, according to most television exit polls on Monday.

West Bengal will stay with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress party and the Left Front will return to power in Kerala, the polls said.

The India Today-Axis exit poll gave 79-93 seats to the Bharatiya Janata Party combine in Assam, 26-33 to the Congress and 6-10 to the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).

The ABP Ananda predicted 81 seats to the BJP coalition, 33 to the Congress and 10 to the AIUDF.

With growing scepticism about Modi’s popular appeal and party chief Amit Shah’s image as a master electoral strategist, the BJP is desperate to win in Assam. If the Congress loses power in the state, the BJP’s call for a ‘Congress-free Bharat’ will become shriller and might gain further traction

Assam

Party/AllianceIndia Today-AxisABP AnandaTimes Now-CVoterChanakya
Congress26-33334120-34
BJP+79-93815781-99
AIUDF06-10101806-12
Others01-04021000-02
Total seats126126126126

The ruling Trinamool Congress led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will retain power in West Bengal with a slightly reduced majority.

ABP Ananda predicted that the Trinamool was poised to get 178 of the 294 seats -- it had 184 in the outgoing assembly -- while the Left-Congress combine would get 110. The BJP would get one seat while others would bag five seats.

CVoter predicted 167 seats for the Trinamool, 75 for the Left, 45 for the Congress, four to the BJP and three to others.

West Bengal

Party/AllianceABP AnandaTimes Now-CVoterIndia Today-AxisChanakyaNews Nation
Trinamool Congress163167233-253210153
Left+Congress12612038-5170136
BJP010401-051400
Others040302-050003
Total seats294294294294294

Around 40 million voted in Tamil Nadu, which saw multiple contests in all constituencies for the first time. The ruling AIADMK is pitted against the DMK-Congress alliance, a front led by the DMDK of actor-turned-politician Vijaykanth, the PMK and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Polling in two of the 234 constituencies has been postponed.

Tamil Nadu

Party/AllianceNews NationIndia Today-AxisTimes Now-CVoter
AIADMK95-9989-101139
DMK+114-118124-14078
DMDK+14----
BJP+0400-0300
Others0904-0817
Total seats234234234

The Left is set to return to power in Kerala, the exit polls predicted.

Kerala

Party-AllianceIndia Today-AxisTimes Now-CVoterNews Nation
LDF88-1017867-71
UDF38-485868-72
BJP+00-030200-02
Others01-040200
Total seats140140140

The DMK-led alliance is set to win 15-21 seats in the 30-member Puducherry assembly. The ruling All India NR Congress (AINRC) would get 8-12 seats, the AIADMK 1-4 seats and others two seats, India Today-Axis said.

Puducherry

Party/AllianceTimes Now-CVoterIndia Today-Axis
Congress+DMK1415-21
AINRC0908-12
AIADMK0501-04
BJP0000
Others0200-02
Total seats3030