Most exit polls on Thursday predicted an edge to the Congress in Chhattisgarh and Telangana while forecasting that it was advantage BJP in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, reports PTI.
Pollsters also indicated that in Mizoram, Zoram People's Movement (ZPM) was locked in a close race with the Mizo National Front (MNF) with the Congress and the BJP lagging behind.
While the BJP is in power in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh assembly, the Congress is ruling Rajasthan (200) and Chhattisgarh (90). In Telangana, the K Chandrashekhar Rao-led Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) has been in power since 10 years and in Mizoram, the MNF is in government.
Elections to the five states took place between November 7-November 30 and the counting of votes would take place on December 3.
In Madhya Pradesh, while Jan Ki Baat exit poll predicted that the BJP would get 100-123 seats and the Congress 102-125, Republic TV-Matrize forecast 118-130 seats for the BJP and 97-107 for the Congress.
TV9 Bharatvarsh Polstrat said the BJP would get 106-116 and the Congress would get 111-121.
Today's Chanakya, however, predicted a massive victory for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh, forecasting that the BJP would get 151 (plus minus 12 seats) and the Congress 74 (plus minus 12 seats).
Jist-TIF-NAI said the Congress was enjoying 2018-like edge in Madhya Pradesh, predicting 107-124 seats for the party as against the BJP's 102-119.
In Rajasthan, India Today-Axis My India forecast a tight race, predicting 86-106 seats for the Congress, 80-100 seats for the BJP and others 9-18.
Jan Ki Baat pollsters forecast that the BJP would get 100-122 and 62-85 for the Congress, TV9 Bharatvarsh Polstrat predicted 100-110 for the BJP and 90-100 for the Congress.
Times Now ETG poll predicts 108-128 seats for the BJP and 56-72 for the Congress in Rajasthan.
Jist-TIF-NAI predicted that in Rajasthan there would be continuation of the state's revolving door tradition, forecasting 110 seats for the BJP and the Congress 70.
For Chhattisgarh, while ABP News-C Voter predicted 36-48 seats for the BJP and 41-53 for the Congress, India Today-Axis My India forecast 36-46 seats for the BJP and 40-50 seats for the Congress.
India TV-CNX forecast 30-40 seats for the BJP and 46-56 seats for the Congress. According to Jan Ki Baat, the BJP would get 34-45 and the Congress would get 42-53.
Today's Chanakya predicted that the BJP would get 33 seats (plus-minus 8 seats) and the Congress would bag a clear majority 57 seats (plus-minus 8).
For Telangana, while India TV-CNX forecast 63-79 seats for the Congress, 31-47 for the BRS, 2-4 for the BJP and 5-7 for the AIMIM, Jan Ki Baat forecast that the Congress would get 48-64 seats, the BRS would get 40-55, BJP 7-13 and AIMIM 4-7.
Republic TV-Matrize predicted that in Telangana, the Congress would get 58-68 seats, BRS 46-56, BJP 4-9 and AIMIM 5-9. TV9 Bharatvarsh Polstrat stated that the Congress would get 49-59 seats and the BRS would get 48-58.
In Mizoram, while India TV-CNX said the MNF would get 14-18, ZPM 12-16, Congress 8-10 and BJP 0-2, ABP News-C Voter said MNF would get 15-21, ZPM 12-18 and Congress 2-8.
Jan Ki Baat said the MNF would get 10-14 seats, ZPM 15-25 seats, Congress 5-9 and the BJP 0-2.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday said he was confident of a Congress win in Rajasthan assembly polls, and added that the BJP would not form the government in any of the five states where elections are being held, PTI reported.
Five state went to polls in November. While polling in Telangana will end Thursday evening, it was held earlier in the month in Mizoram, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Results of the elections will be declared on December 3.
"Congress government will be formed (in Rajasthan). In all five states, I feel that BJP is not going to form the government. Exit polls may say something, surveys might suggest something, but based on the feedback of people in the cities and villages, I feel that our government should come," Gehlot told reporters in New Delhi.
Mizoram was among the five states that went to the polls this month, with counting of votes in all states to take place on December 3. Issues of “neglect of infrastructure”, corruption and unemployment also figured during the campaigns of various parties, according to media reports.
Mizoram saw a voter turnout of 78.40 per cent in the single-phase election for 40 assembly seats in the state on November 7. A total of 174 candidates were in the fray in Mizoram.
The results of Mizoram Assembly Elections 2023 will be announced on December 3 (Sunday).
Gujjula Premender Reddy, Telangana BJP's general secretary, has written a letter to the Election Comission raising concerns over the publication of exit polls at 5.30 pm. Saying that EC allows voters in line to exercise their franchise even post 5.30 pm, he stated the directions should be given to publish exit polls only after the last person in line has cast their vote, reports The Indian Express.
The Congress party is seeking to retain power in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress party hopes to return to power. In the last 2018 elections, Congress had managed to win the elections, but a revolt led by Jyotiraditya Scindia in 2020, brought the BJP back into power. Telangana faces a triangular contest with Congress and BJP looking to prevent BRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao’s hat-trick. In Mizoram, the usual Mizo National Front (MNF)-Congress fight has a new challenger — Zoram’s People Movement (ZPM).