Exit poll 2021 live updates: The voting process in four states and one Union territory which began on March 27 concludes on April 29 with West Bengal completing the 8th and the final phase of voting.
Exit poll 2021 live updates: The voting process in four states and one Union territory which began on March 27 concludes on April 29 with West Bengal completing the 8th and the final phase of voting. (ANI)

Exit poll 2021 updates: Didi-Modi tie likely in West Bengal

Exit poll 2021 live updates: India Today-Axis My India, Times Now, C Voter, India News, Jan ki Baat, India TV, News 24, Today's Chanakya are announcing the exit poll results of Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry and West Bengal starting from 7pm on Thursday.
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2021 09:24 PM IST

Exit poll results announced so far have given Assam to the BJP, Kerala to Pinarayi Vijayan's LDF, West Bengal to Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu to DMK. As the 8th and final phase of the election in West Bengal ended at 6.30pm on April 29, the results of exit polls for the elections of Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal and Puducherry have started coming in starting from 7pm. The counting of the votes in these four states and one Union territory will be done on May 2.


Unlike opinion polls which are based on public opinion, exit polls are based on surveys conducted immediately after voters exit the polling stations. Exit polls remain barred when elections are being held. For these four states and one UT, the Election Commission prohibited the conduct and publishing of results of any exit polls between March 27, 7am and April 29, 7.30pm. Later, the time was amended to April 29, 7pm.

Follow all the updates here:

  • APR 29, 2021 09:24 PM IST

    West Bengal exit poll: Close fight between TMC and BJP, predicts Axis My India

    Axis My India predicts a cliffhanger in West Bengal with the Trinamool projected to win 130 to 156 seats and the BJP projected to win 134-160 seats.

  • APR 29, 2021 09:14 PM IST

    West Bengal exit poll: TMC losing in North Bengal, Jangalmahal

    According to Axis My India, there is a BJP sweep in North Bengal. Jangalmahal may come with a disappointment to the Trinamool.

  • APR 29, 2021 08:43 PM IST

    BJP+ to sweep Puducherry, predicts Axis My India

    According to Axis My India, BJP+ will sweep with 20-24 seats while Congress-DMK alliance is projected to win 6-10 seats.

  • APR 29, 2021 08:27 PM IST

    DMK to win Tamil Nadu, projects Axis My India

    According to Axis My India's projection, DMK is likely to make a comeback in Tamil Nadu.

  • APR 29, 2021 08:14 PM IST

    BJP predicted to get 65 seats in Assam, Congress+ 59, predicts C Voter

    According C Voter, the BJP is predicted to win 65 seats while the Congress is predicted to win 59 seats in Assam.

  • APR 29, 2021 07:52 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu exit poll: AIADMK projected to be decimated

    According to the projection of Today's Chanakya, AIADMK will lose Tamil Nadu and DMK will come back to power with over 175 seats.

  • APR 29, 2021 07:38 PM IST

    Kerala exit polls: It will be Pinarayi Vijayan all the way, predicts Axis My India

    According to Axis My India predictions, LDF will win around 104 to 120 seats. According to pollsters, Vijayan is way ahead because of his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic situation. The UDF is projected to get around 20-36 seats.

  • APR 29, 2021 07:28 PM IST

    West Bengal Exit polls: Times Now's poll of polls keeps TMC ahead of BJP

    Predictions of the poll of polls
    Predictions of the poll of polls

    Times Now's poll of polls which is an average of the predictions of some pollsters has also kept Trinamool ahead of the BJP. Only CNX-Republic has predicted that BJP will get 143 seats while the TMC will get 133 seats. Rest of the psepholigists, including P-Maarq, ETG and CVoter, has projected clear majority for the TMC.

  • APR 29, 2021 07:19 PM IST

    Assam exit poll: More women voters favoured BJP, says Axis My India

    The Axis My India prediction showed BJP in the state has been favoured by women voters.

  • APR 29, 2021 07:11 PM IST

    West Bengal exit poll: TMC to retain West Bengal, predicts C Voter

    In 'Didi versus Modi' in West Bengal, C Voter is keeping Didi ahead with 158 projected seats, while BJP is likely to bag 115 seats and the Left-Congress alliance will get somewhere around 19 seats.


  • APR 29, 2021 07:03 PM IST

    Assam exit poll: Axis My India predicts 48% vote share for BJP

    BJP set to retain Assam predicts Axis My India poll. For Assam exit poll, Axis My India took up a sample size of 27,189.

  • APR 29, 2021 06:58 PM IST

    When did exit polls start in India?

    In India, exit polls were almost indigenously developed by the pioneering Delhi-based Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in the 1960s.

  • APR 29, 2021 06:48 PM IST

    Are exit polls accurate?

    Not always. especially in some recent instances, exit polls have gone kaput. In the Bihar election 2020, Axis My India and Today's Chanakya predicted a clear win for the RJD-led grand alliance.

  • APR 29, 2021 06:41 PM IST

    Exit poll 2021 live updates: How to watch Axis My India exit polls

  • APR 29, 2021 04:59 PM IST

    West Bengal exit polls 2021: 8 phases, 294 constituencies

    Elections to the 294-member West Bengal Assembly was held in eight phases starting from March 27. The final round was held on April 29.

  • APR 29, 2021 04:59 PM IST

    Puducherry exit poll 2021: 1 phase, 30 seats

    The 30-member assembly went to the elections along with Kerala and Tamil Nadu

  • APR 29, 2021 04:59 PM IST

    Tamil Nadu exit poll 2021: 1 phase, 234 constituencies

    The 234-member Tamil Nadu Assembly went to the elections in a single phase on April 6.

  • APR 29, 2021 04:58 PM IST

    Kerala exit poll 2021: 1 phase, 140 constituencies

    The 140-member Kerala Assembly went to the polls on April 6. The election was held in one phase.

  • APR 29, 2021 04:58 PM IST

    Assam exit poll 2021: 3 phases, 126 constituencies

    Assam went to the polls in three phases on March 27, April 1 and April 6 for 126 constituencies.

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