The BJP is projected to retain power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh and dislodge the Congress in Rajasthan in the Assembly polls to be held this year, according to opinion polls aired by two news channels.

Delhi, though, may have a hung assembly with the BJP ahead of the incumbent Congress. The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party is likely to play the kingmaker.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan will storm to power for the third time in Madhya Pradesh with the BJP projected to win 130 out of the 230 assembly seats, the channels claimed.

The BJP will win 13 seats less than it did in the 2008 polls, though.

The Congress will win only 84 seats, 13 seats more than its present strength, it was predicted.

In Delhi, the Congress has been projected to win 28-29 seats out of 70. The BJP has been given 28-30 seats and the AAP 7-9 seats.

The Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan is likely to face defeat. One channel said the Congress is projected to win 79 seats while the other put the number at 64 seats out of 200.

As for the BJP, one channel predicted 97 seats while the other said the party will win 118 seats.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh will retain power with the BJP projected to win 47 out 90 seats in the Assembly polls, according to the surveys. It has 50 seats currently.

They gave the Congress 40 seats, a gain of two seats.

As many as 55 and 48 per cent of the respondents in Delhi and Rajasthan respectively said they wanted Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister while 18 and 17 per cent of them chose Rahul Gandhi. - PTI

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