Good news for BJP-Sena alliance in Maharashtra

Updated - May 20, 2019 10:19 am IST

Published - May 20, 2019 01:10 am IST - Mumbai

All exit polls after the completion of last phase of elections predict gains for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena with the saffron alliance predicted to win Maharashtra comfortably, leaving the Congress- Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance far behind in the final tally.

The State sends 48 MPs to the Lok Sabha, the second largest after Uttar Pradesh.

As per the India Today-Axis My India exit poll, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)-led by the BJP would win 38-42 seats in Maharashtra, while the Congress-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) will bag only 6-10 seats.

The ABP-Nielsen exit poll predicted 34 seats to the saffron alliance, with Sena and the BJP winning 17 seats each. According to their poll, the Opposition front is likely to win 14 seats, with Congress and NCP winning four and nine seats respectively. The Raju Shetty-led Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana is likely to win one seat.

The Republic-Jan Ki Baat exit poll has predicted 34-39 and 8-12 seats for the BJP-led and Congress-led alliance respectively. It says one seat would be won by others. The Republic-CVoter exit poll predicts 34 and 14 seats to the BJP and Congress alliances.

The only respite for the Opposition Congress-NCP came from Maharashtra-based Sakal-Saam exit poll which predicts 29 seats for the saffron alliance with the Opposition alliance likely to win 19. As per the region-wise exit polls, Sakal-Saam predicted losses to the BJP in its stronghold Vidarbha with the party winning only four out of ten. In 2014, the saffron alliance had won all 10.

The Times Now-VMR exit poll has given 38 seats to the BJP-led alliance and 10 to the Congress-NCP. The News24-Today’s Chanakya exit poll prediction was identical.

In 2014, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance won 41 of the 48 seats, while Raju Shetti of Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana, who was then with the BJP-led NDA, got one seat.

The Congress and NCP won only two and four seats respectively. The NCP won another seat in 2018 when the by-poll for Bhandara-Gondiya took place.

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