EXIT POLLS: Major reverses for BJP in store in five states where votes are sealed for counting on December 11

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NEW DELHI: Exit polls released from five states that went to assembly polls predicted an overall surge for the Congress in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The Mizo National Front fared better in the exit polls, while the ruling TRS proved its continuing supremacy in Telangana.

While different polls gave contradictory projections in several respects, this much is clear: the overall mood is not in favour of the BJP, while the Congress seems set for grabbing Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh from the BJP. There is less optimism about the party grabbing power from the BJP in Chhattisgarh, and some polls said the Congress would capture this central Indian state on the near-eastern side, as well.

The counting of votes in all the five states is slated to take place on December 11, Tuesday.

In Telangana, neither the alliance cobbled under the leaderships of Jana Reddy of the Congress and Chandrababu Naidu of the TDP, with support from the Left, nor the BJP-led NDA emerged as the people’s favourites. Sidekicks like the CPI(M) and CPI could help the Congress little in Telangana.

There is strong chance the Congress would lose one of its last citadels, Mizoram in the North-East, where the Mizo National Front stands a chance to grab power from the national party.

Overall, there is little for the BJP to feel comfortable from this round of assembly polls, which is seen as a dress-rehearsal for the mid-2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress, on the other hand, looks set for a revival with three northern states giving it substantial support. This, apart from Punjab, where too the Congress is the ruling party. In the South, Congress is sharing power with the JDS of Deve Gowda. –IHN-NN

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