The Bharatiya Janata Party could emerge as the single-largest party in three of five states, including Uttar Pradesh, which voted to elect new assemblies over the past month, exit polls said on Thursday.
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The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party were locked in a tight race in Punjab and the principal opposition party was battling with the BJP to retain power in Manipur.
The BJP was seen as surging ahead of rivals in Goa and Uttarakhand as well. Official results for all five states are out on March 11. Two poll-of-polls also saw the BJP ahead in these three states.