New Delhi: Exit polls in two television channels on Wednesday gave an edge to the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Uttarakhand Assembly elections, while one channel predicted a neck-and-neck contest between the ruling Congress and the main Opposition.

Elections were held to the 70-member House with the poll in one seat countermanded.

NDTV gave both the Congress and BJP 27 to 35 seats, leaving the rest for `others.' According to the poll, the BSP is set to get four to eight seats, against seven it got in 2002, Uttarakhand Kranti Dal (UKKD) three to seven, against four seats, and others between one and four. These parties are likely to play a key role in government formation.

The survey, carried out among 32,178 voters in Terai, Kumaon and Garhwal regions, projected a gain for the BJP, which had won 19 seats in the 2002 Assembly elections.

The Star News gave 33 seats to the BJP, 25 to the Congress and the rest to `others', including five to the BSP and three to the UKKD. The survey was conducted among 7,200 voters spread over 29 constituencies.

The CNN-IBN exit poll gave a clear edge to the saffron party, forecasting 33 to 39 seats for it. PTI

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