Uttar Pradesh Exit polls 2017: Surveys put BJP ahead of SP-Congress, BSP

By: | Updated: March 9, 2017 7:26 PM

After a two-months high-pitched battle for power in Uttar Pradesh, all eyes are now on the Assembly elections result to be announced on Saturday.

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After a two-months high-pitched battle for power in Uttar Pradesh, all eyes are now on the Assembly elections result to be announced on Saturday. But before that, it is time for exit polls that may or may not give a clear picture about the winning party. On several occasions in past, exit polls have gone terribly wrong. But then they do manage to give a sense of polls to the voters sometimes.

Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh this year witnessed many a first. For instance, it was probably for the first time since independence when the Prime Minister of the country sought votes in a state election in his name and put at stake his entire political capital. A loss in Uttar Pradesh, hence, would come as a huge shocker for PM Narendra Modi. A win, however, could catapult him into the league of extraordinary leaders who can sway voters with his own charisma.

The election in the state was being billed as a litmus test for PM Modi as the BJP largely banked on his popularity during the campaign in UP, where it has been out of government for 15 years. Prior to elections, it was expected that demonetisation would be the most significant issue during the polls. However, note ban was concerned voters only in a few pockets, especially western Uttar Pradesh. Modi’s charisma was challenged by incumbent CM Akhilesh Yadav’s rising popularity and BSP Supremo Mayawati.

Here we take a look at what different exit polls have predicted about the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017:

According to the Times Now VMR Exit Poll, the BJP and its allies can win seats in the range of 190 to 210 in Uttar Pradesh. It will need 203 seats for forming the government and return to power after 14 years. This exit poll has predicted 110-130 seats for Samajwadi party-Congress alliance, 57-74 seats for the BSP and 8 seats for others.

The MRC Exit poll has predicted over 185 seats for the BJP. In what may surprise many, the MRC Exit polls predict  just 120 seats for Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, 90 seats for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and eight seats for others.

ABP-CSDS exit polls, however, predicted a neck-to-neck fight between SP-Congress and BJP. The saffron party can win 175 seatsm while the SP-Congress combine may get 163 seat. Mayawati-led BSP may have to be happy with just 66 seats.

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