The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are locked in a close contest for West Bengal’s 294 seats, exit polls showed on Thursday. Six out of nine exit polls gave Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s party an upper hand in the fiercely fought election battle, while the rest predicted that the BJP had an advantage.
Nonetheless, the exit polls predicted that the BJP was set to make huge inroads into Bengal, taking forward its success story that began in 2019, when the party won 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats.
The India Today- Axis my India polls shows BJP to win 134-160 seats, TMC 130-156 in West Bengal. The Republic-CNX polls gave the BJP a slight edge by projecting 138-148 seats for the party in the 294-seat assembly and 128-138 to the TMC. However, the Times Now-C Voter predicted a clear majority for the TMC by projecting 162 seats for the party and 115 for the BJP.
Jan Ki Baat exit polls predicted a strong majority for the BJP in West Bengal, giving it 162-185 seats, against 104-121 to the ruling TMC.
In Assam, India Today-Axis My India predicted 75-85 seats for the BJP in the 126-member assembly and 40-50 to the Congress-led opposition.
Meanwhile, In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the ruling Left combine and the DMK-led opposition alliance, respectively, were projected ahead of their respective rivals.
In Puducherry, the NDA is expected to form the government.
Four states and one Union Territory – West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry – voted to elect their next government. The results will be announced on May 2.
West Bengal is witnessing a high stakes battle between the ruling Trinamool Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Left-Congress alliance, for the 294 member house. The state held elections in eight phases.