EXIT POLLS: BJP likely to lose power in Jharkhand; Congress-JMM alliance has upper hand: Survey

RANCHI: Post-poll exit surveys in Jharkhand hinted that the Congress party and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha could be in a position to form the next government. C-Voter survey predicted that the alliance could win upto 39 seats, or at least 31 seats. It gave the BJP 28 to 36 seats. 

The India Today-Axis polls predicted the Congress and JMM could get upto 50 seats while the BJP couldl get a maximum of 32 seats. Polling was completed in 65 constituencies in the four phases between November 30 and December 16. The polls for the rest were held on Friday. In the outgoing assembly, BJP had 43 seats and its ally the Jharkhand Vikas Morcha 8 seats.

The counting and declaration of results will be on December 23. The state, formed 2000, is ruled by the BJP under the chief ministership of Raghubar Das, and the anti-incumbency factor swayed the voters. 

BJP took a hit in the assembly polls in Maharashtra, where it could not muster a majority after five years of rule there under the leadership of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. In Haryana too, the party failed to get the numbers to form government, though chief minister Manoharlal Khattar crafted a post-poll alliance with a regional pro-Jat party and retained power. The regional party sought and got deputy CM post.

Assembly elections are expected in Delhi early next year, and the BJP is hopeful of winning the polls there. –IHN-NN

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