The keenly-contested elections in Gujarat, the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is likely to have an impact on the central government's economic agenda as well as on Lok Sabha polls in 2019.
Gujarat: An exit poll by Times Now-VMR predicts a win for the BJP with 113 seats and 66 seats for the Congress.
Hardik tweeted in Hindi: "In exit polls, BJP is winning". The three are seen as the safe seats for the BJP. The survey gives the BJP less than 110 seats, which it comes out to be true, will prove to be a big setback for the party has ruled over Gujarat for 22 years.
Poll results would start coming in during trading hours on December 18. According to NewsX-CNX Exit Poll, 45% of voters went with the BJP this year, a sharp decline of -02.85% from 47.85% vote share in 2012.
Most of the exit polls predicted that Congress would increase its numbers from 61 in 2012. The Congress is likely to improve its seats tally but will fall short of the magic number needed to win the Assembly election. BJP president Amit Shah had in a speech told BJP MLAs and workers not to burst crackers if they do not achieve the target of 150 plus seats.
The forecast is that the BJP would win 99-146 seats in the 182-seat legislature, according to five surveys published after voting closed on Thursday.
Punters on Gujarat polls have predicted 100-103 seats for the BJP in its sixth consecutive victory in the state, while they tip Congress to gain 78-100 seats. While the Hindus in the state voted for the saffron party, the Muslims have shown their support for Congress by giving the party majority of the votes.
Incidentally, based on Thursday's exit polls the pricing in the betting market was vying on 92-94 seats for BJP and 90-92 seats for Congress. There are a total of 68 seats in Himachal Pradesh, elections to which were held on November 9.
Of the 4.35 crore registered voters, 2.97 crore exercised their franchise in the elections held on 9 and 14 December. The EC data released on Friday said tribal-dominated Narmada district witnessed the highest voter turnout of 79.15%, while Devbhumi-Dwarka of Saurashtra region recorded the lowest at 59.39%. The combined figures stand at around 67.75 per cent - lower than the 72 per cent of the 2012 Assembly elections.
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