Polls predict DMK-led alliance win
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Polls predict DMK-led alliance win

The exit poll forecast 45% popular vote to DMK and 35% to AIADMK in the polls.

india Updated: May 11, 2006 11:52 IST

Tamil Nadu Assembly polls will spring a surprise with DMK-led DPA set for a huge win by clinching 157-167 seats as against 64-74 for AIADMK led by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, an exit poll by CNN-IBN Hindu said on Monday night.

The exit poll conducted by CSDS forecast 45 per cent popular vote to DMK and 35 per cent to AIADMK in the polls for the 234-member assembly held on Monday.

The exit poll for West Bengal showed "a sea of Red" yet again with ruling Left Front set to score its seventh successive electoral victory by bagging 230-240 seats in the 294-member assembly.

The NDA led by Trinamool Congress leader Mamta Banerjee is projected to finish a poor second with 32-40 seats and Congress to get somewhere between 17-23 seats.

The CNN-IBN Hindu had projected only three weeks back that the electoral tussle in the state was "too close to call".

The exit poll for Tamil Nadu forecast that DMDK led by actor Vijaykant would get 10 per cent of the votes but only 2-6 seats.

It showed Karunanidhi is the more popular Chief Minister with 41 per cent votes followed by Jayalalithaa with 35 per cent and Vijaykant with 10 per cent.

In West Bengal, the exit poll showed Left Front cornering 53 per cent of the votes, NDA 29 per cent, Congress 14 per cent and others four per cent.

In the state, the Left Front is making the most of a four per cent swing in its favour and the NDA is the biggest loser, losing seven per cent of the popular vote.

The Congress has managed a six per cent swing, some of it coming from the negative three per cent swing for others.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is the clear winner in the race for chief ministership with 52 per cent of the votes, with Mamta coming a distant second with 28 per cent.

First Published: May 09, 2006 10:13 IST