UP elections 2017: Exit polls give UP to Narendra Modi’s BJP on platter, Mamata Banerjee scrambles to rally panicked SP, Congress, others

By: | Updated: March 9, 2017 9:27 PM

With PM Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set to paint Uttar Pradesh in saffron colours, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has stepped in to restrict the damage for the rest of the opposition parties as much as possible.

With PM Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set to paint Uttar Pradesh in saffron colours, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has stepped in to restrict the damage for the rest of the opposition parties as much as possible. (PTI)

With PM Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) set to paint Uttar Pradesh in saffron colours, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has stepped in to restrict the damage for the rest of the opposition parties as much as possible. The predictions of a whopping win for BJP comes from all exit polls that were unveiled today. The biggest victory margin was predicted by News 24 Today’s Chanakya, which forecast as high a seat tally as 285 (+/-15) – out of a total of 403 seats; India Today Axis was not too far behind in giving the BJP a big chunk of the seats of between 251-279. Others like Times Now VMR gave BJP 190-210, India News MRC 185, and India TV C-Vote 155-167. This indicates that PM Modi spending time in the state has paid massive dividends. It also shows that his party read the tea leaves right – by keeping PM campaigning in UP for as long as it did, it was fighting for a 2/3rd majority in the Assembly and not just a simple majority. With that kind of victory, BJP will not just rule from Lucknow, it will also rule in the Rajya Sabha too – till now BJP did not have majority in the Upper House in Parliament and the Congress and the rest of the opposition was refusing to co-operate in allowing Modi to pass the kind of laws that he wanted. Now, even making changes to the Constitution of India can come on the table. The opposition, at the same time can eye a humiliating existential threat emerging.

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With such a scenario facing the opposition, Congress decimated, Samajwadi Party cut to a sorry size, BSP vote bank lost, the opposition is already seen coming together. Akhilesh sent the first feelers when he said that a post result alliance with Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) can be worked out with Mayawati.

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Now, reports have emerged that Mamata too is looking to step into the state and offer whatever help she can to these parties to stop the saffron juggernaut from taking over the state for the next decade or more. Exactly what that form of support includes is not clear yet, but Mamata has been reported to be in talks with most of these parties. The problem for Mamata is that with BJP taking state after state, the next time polls come to West Bengal, the same fate may befall her party Trinamool too. And the only way she can stop that from happening is if the opposition parties come together. Will they save their skins then? Right now, that sounds a very distant possibility.

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