Close to ten exit polls are set to announce the results of the most highly anticipated and tightly fought elections in Indian history in recent decades.
Among those offering exit poll results today are India Today group, which has tied up with polling agency Axis, News18, which has signed on international agency Ipsos and NewsX.
Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV has tied up with two polling firms — C Voter and Jan Ki Baat — for its exit polls.
Times Now, the former No.1 English News channel, as well as Hindi news channels ABP, Zee News and India TV too will come up with the numbers from their polls.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR
The other poll from Republic TV, Jan Ki Baat, also projected a strong win for the NDA at 305 seats and 124 for UPA. It gives only 26 seats for the UP alliance of SP and BSP.
The third poll, from Polstrat done for India News, gives 298 for NDA, 118 for UPA and 40 for the UP alliance. It gives 12 seats for the BJP in West Bengal. In Karnataka, BJP will get 17. In Tamil Nadu, BJP is projected to win 4 seats, while AIADMK alliance will get another 12 seats, it said.
The CNN News18 poll gives 336 seats to the NDA, and just 82 seats for the UPA.
NewsX Neta poll gives 242 for the NDA and 165 for the UPA, while the UP alliance will get 45 seats. The poll gives 58 seats to NDA in Uttar Pradesh alone.
Times Now exit poll gives 306 seats to the NDA, 132 to the UPA and 104 seats for everyone else, including the UP alliance.
The ABP Exit poll gives 56 seats to the UP alliance of BSP, SP and RLD, followed by 22 for BJP. Congress will retain its two seats.
Zee News exit poll projects 300 seats for the NDA, 128 for the UPA and 114 for others.
The NDA also remains most likely to be called by the President to form the next government as it is likely to emerge as the largest prepoll alliance.
On the other hand, to avoid such a possibility, chief ministers of several states, including West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, are conducting hectic meetings with the leaders of smaller parties such as the DMK, the CPIM, the BSP and the SP.
If the the smaller parties are able to come to a consensus on a common prime ministerial candidate within 24 hours of the election results, there is a high chance that they may be able to prevent the BJP from poaching smaller parties to shore up the NDA’s numbers.
On the other hand, any delay or confusion in the formation of a third, or federal, front will result be advantage BJP as the saffron outfit will be able to attract smaller parties to its alliance more easily than otherwise.
TABLE OF EXIT POLL RESULTS – 2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS