Exit polls project Congress-NCP victory

New Delhi: Exit polls by two television channels on Tuesday projected that Maharashtra’s ruling Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) alliance would emerge victorious in the State Assembly elections and one of them predicted Congress victory in Haryana polls.

The IBN Lokmat-CNN IBN exit poll gave Congress-NCP combine between 135 and 145 seats in 288-member Maharashtra Assembly with the Congress surging ahead with 75-85 seats and NCP winning between 55 and 65.

The Shiv Sena is projected to win between 55 and 65 seats and BJP emerging victorious in 45-55 seats, it said.

Raj Thackeray’s MNS is seen by the exit poll as winning between eight and 12 constituencies while others and Independents 25-35 seats.

The Star News predicted Congress victory in 89 seats and NCP in 48. With 137 seats, it put the ruling alliance within sniffing distance of 145 seats required for a simple majority.

The same exit poll showed the Shiv Sena getting 62 seats and its ally BJP 51 seats. It gave the MNS 12, the Republican Party of India-led alliance five and others 21 seats.

The Star News projected a Congress win in Haryana with the party winning 57 seats in the 90-member assembly. The INLD is shown winning 18 seats, Haryana Janhit Congress (nine), BSP (three), BJP (one) and Others (three). — PTI