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Poll position: Results of five Assembly elections today

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 20, 2018

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Political parties in Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Puducherry braced for Thursday’s counting of votes in the elections to the Assemblies. Barring Mamata Banerjee, exit polls predicted a rout for all the other incumbent chief ministers.

The results pose yet another challenge for the Congress, which is fighting to retain two States — Kerala and Assam. A marginal player in all the other States, the BJP is hoping to add another chapter in its campaign for “Congress-Mukt Bharat” by wresting Assam from three-term Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

The principal Opposition party at the national level, the Congress, is hoping for a psychological boost from Tamil Nadu where it expects to be on the winning side, riding on the strength of the DMK. Exit polls have largely predicted a DMK victory in Tamil Nadu with one variation — the Times Now-C Voter survey giving AIADMK the victory.

Two other exit polls, by News Nation and India Today, showed the DMK-Congress combine forming the government. The India Today poll gave the DMK-Congress 124-140 seats and the AIADMK 89-101 seats while the News Nation exit poll gave 114-118 seats to the DMK-Congress in the 234-seat State assembly.

In Kerala, the Left parties expect to make giant strides, notching up an expected victory, and hope for positive performance in West Bengal, where the CPI(M)’s stock has been down.

Published on May 18, 2016

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