Congress likely to suffer further erosion with one of the exit polls predicting its tally to go down from 77 to 36 seats in PM's home state. AAP also unlikely to make much headway.
he Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to retain power in Gujarat with its best-ever tally in the assembly and also romp home in Himachal Pradesh, exit polls predicted Monday evening.
In Himachal, one of the poll surveys by Aaj Tak-Axis My India has predicted higher seats, 30-40, for Congress as against BJP’s 24-34.
The ruling party may, however, suffer a setback in the national capital, losing the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
While MCD results will be out on 7 December, votes in Gujarat and Himachal will be counted the next day.
Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP is likely to get 8 seats in Gujarat while it may fail to open its account in Himachal, exit polls suggested. The NDTV’s prediction, which is based on the aggregation of nine exit polls, suggested that the BJP is likely to win 132 of the total 182 seats in Gujarat, its best ever performance since 2002 when it won 127 seats.
In Gujarat, Congress is likely to suffer further erosion with NDTV poll of exit polls predicting 36 seats, down from 77 in 2017.
The exit polls also suggested that the BJP might buck the three-decade-old trend of a government change every five years in Himachal, albeit with a reduced majority.
In Himachal, the BJP, which has been battling infighting, is likely to win 35 out of the total 68 seats while the Congress closely trails behind with 30 seats. The prediction is based on the aggregation of nine exit polls.
The MCD poll predictions of the BJP losing power after 15 years may, however, serve as a dampener for the party’s top brass. The BJP had roped in several central ministers and chief ministers for poll campaigning in Delhi. The AAP is predicted to win 154 of the total 250 wards as compared to the BJP’s 84, as per the aggregation of exit polls.