BJP is all set to sweep Gujarat and retain Himachal Pradesh, a Exit polls survey forecasts This evening. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) could consolidate its grip on Delhi by winning the civic polls.
But in Gujarat, AAP may come third and manage only single digits despite aggressive campaigning, polls said.
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The results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections will be announced on Thursday. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election results will be declared a day earlier.
The BJP may win its seventh consecutive term In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state, exit polls predicted. Exit polls gave the BJP 132 out of 182 seats in Gujarat and the Congress and its allies 38.
It would be the BJP’s best performance since 2002, when it won a landslide in Gujarat months after riots in which 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed.
The Congress’ numbers are expected to drop significantly from 2017, when it restricted the BJP to double the number (99), just seven more than the halfway mark.
The Congress, the main opposition party in Gujarat since 1995, increased its tally from 61 to 77 to deliver its best performance since 1985, when it won a record 149 seats.
This time, the party’s campaign was listless as it prioritized Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Joro Yatra while AAP positioned itself as BJP’s main challenger.
The BJP can survive the anti-incumbency in Himachal Pradesh And won a record second consecutive term, the survey says. Exit polls predicted the BJP would win 35 of the 68 seats – barely a mark of a majority – with the Congress trailing by 29 seats. AAP may not even register in the state, polls say.
An average of three public opinion says AAP will scoop Delhi’s civic bodies. AAP is predicted to win 155 and BJP 84 out of 250 wards of the restructured civic bodies. Congress is likely to lose seven more seats