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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Saffron surge may drown oppn coalition in Bihar

Today’s Chanakya and India TV-CNX said that of the 40 seats, the National democratic Alliance led by the BJP could win 32

lok sabha elections Updated: May 20, 2019 07:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi
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One state on which all exit polls agree is Bihar. All predict a complete sweep for chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and their allies over the Mahagatbandhan led by the Rasjtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.(Samir Jana/HT Photo)

One state on which all exit polls agree is Bihar. All predict a complete sweep for chief minister Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and their allies over the Mahagatbandhan led by the Rasjtriya Janata Dal and the Congress.

News24-Today’s Chanakya and India TV-CNX said, of the 40 seats, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) could win 32. ABP News-Nielsen, which gave among the lowest numbers to the BJP and the NDA at the national level, expected the alliance to win 34 in the state. The India Today-Axis poll had the best news for the NDA, and said it could win all but two of the seats.

If the numbers hold, they will be a major relief for the state’s ruling BJP-JD(U) alliance. There has been speculation that the JD(U) (which fought as many seats as the BJP, 17) could have caused some losses to the alliance although leaders have been banking on the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“ We respect the numbers... Although results will come on May 23, the numbers projected for the NDA clearly show that the people of India have voted for the nation and nationalism. We are confident the NDA will cross the 350 mark,” said Ajay Alok, JD(U) spokesperson.

“The projections of the exit polls give a clear mandate to the NDA as an endorsement of PM Modi’s policies on national security and development,” said BJP spokesperson Nikhil Anand.

If they hold, the numbers could prove a major setback to former deputy chief minister Tejaswi Yadav, who led the RJD into the election in the absence of his father Lalu Prasad who is in jail. The JD(U) and the RJD fought the 2015 state elections together, and won against the BJP, but the JD(U) dumped the RJD last year in favour of the BJP. The RJD was hoping that move could hurt the NDA, but the exit polls suggest it hasn’t.

“While we have huge doubts about the all-India figures allocated to BJP/NDA, I am baffled by the Bihar numbers for our alliance. We can only affirm with conviction that these pollsters shall be proved wrong again as was the case in the 2015 assembly elections,’’ said RJD’s Manoj Jha.

Bihar Congress spokesperson Harkhu Jha dismissed the surveys, saying, “Ours (our polls) have the assessment based on the field workers’ feedback, which clearly states that the Congress would do considerably well.”

Here is a look at the numbers:

BIHAR
ArrahRajkumar Singh, BJP
BuxarAshwini Kumar Choubey, BJP
SasaramChhedi Paswan, BJP
KarakatUpendra Kushwaha, RLSP
JahanabadArun Kumar, Rashtriya Lok Samta Party
NalandaKaushalendra Kumar, JD(U)
Patna SahibShatrughan Sinha, BJP (now with Congress)
PatliputraRam Kripal Yadav, BJP
PUNJAB
Amritsar:Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Congress
Anandpur SahibPrem Singh Chandumajra, SAD
BathindaHarsimrat Kaur, SAD
Faridkot (SC)Sadhu Singh, AAP
Fatehgarh Sahib (SC)Harinder Singh Khalsa, AAP
FerozepurSher Singh Ghubaya, SAD
GurdaspurSunil Jakhar, Congress
Hoshiarpur (SC)Vijay Sampla, BJP
Jalandhar (SC)Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Congress
Khadoor SahibRanjit Singh Brahmpura, SAD (SAD-Taksali)
LudhianaRavneet Singh Bittu, Congress
PatialaDharamvira Gandhi, AAP
SangrurBhagwant Mann, AAP
CHANDIGARH
ChandigarhKirron Kher, BJP
HIMACHAL PRADESH
KangraShanta Kumar, BJP
HamirpurAnurag Thakur, BJP
MandiRamswaroop Sharma, BJP
ShimlaVirender Kashyap, BJP
JHARKHAND
GoddaNishikant Dubey, BJP
DumkaShibu Soren, JMM
RajmahalVijay Hansdak, JM
UTTAR PRADESH
BalliaBharat Singh, BJP
BansgaonKamlesh Paswan, BJP
ChandauliMahendra Nath Pandey, BJP
DeoriaKalraj Mishra, BJP
GhazipurManoj Sinha, BJP
GhosiHarinarayan Rajbhar, BJP
GorakhpurPraveen Kumar Nishad, SP
Kushi NagarRajesh Pandey, BJP
RobertsganjChhotelal, BJP
SalempurRavindra Kushwaha, BJP
VaranasiNarendra Modi, BJP
MirzapurAnupriya Patel, Apna Dal
MaharajganjPankaj Chaudhary, BJP
MADHYA PRADESH (8)
DewasManohar Untwal, BJP
DharSavitri Thakur, BJP
IndoreSumitra Mahajan (BJP)
KhandwaNandkumar Singh Chouhan (BJP)
KhargoneSubhash Patel, BJP
MandsaurSudhir Gupta, BJP
RatlamKantilal Bhuria, Congress
UjjainProf Chintamani Malviya, BJP
WEST BENGAL
BarasatKakali Ghosh Dastidar, Trinamool
BasirhatIdris Ali, Trinamool Congress
JoynagarPratima Mondal, Trinamool Congress
MathurapurChoudhury Mohan Jatua, Trinamool Congress
Diamond HarbourAbhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata SouthSubrata Bakshi, Trinamool Congress
JadavpurSugata Bose, Trinamool Congress
Kolkata NorthSudip Bandyopadhyay, Trinamool Congress
DumdumSaugata Roy, Trinamool Congress

First Published: May 19, 2019 23:45 IST

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