Exit polls show exit of Congress; no great win for AAP in Delhi

Exit polls on Wednesday evening showed an exit of the Congress across the five states where assembly elections were held, not because of the opposition BJP's merits but because of the lost leadership of the Congress.

BJP logoNearly all exit polls have predicted big wins for the BJP in the all four states in the northern heartland that went to the polls in November-December.

Political pundits attribute the Congress's flop show to two possible reasons: the party looked to Rahul Gandhi, but the heir to the Nehru Gandhi dynasty failed to enthuse voters because of his pedigree. Rahul Gandhi also probably cannot revitalise a decaying party organisation.

The exit polls predict that the Bharatiya Janata Party will wrest Rajasthan from the Congress and retain Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, while emerging as the biggest party in Delhi.

Polls for state assemblies were held in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi whose results will be out on 8 December, while Mizoram's results will be out on 9 December.

According to the India TV-CVoter exit poll, the BJP will win in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and will be slightly short of majority in Chhattisgarh, while the CNN-IBN-The Week survey showed the BJP will win in all three states.

India TV-CVoter exit polls showed that in Rajasthan, the BJP will win 130 seats of the total 199, while the ruling Congress would manage just 48 seats.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) would win four seats, and the other parties 17 seats.

According to the CNN-IBN-The Week post-poll survey released Wednesday, the BJP is set to win 126-136 seats in Rajasthan while the Congress may win 49-57 seats.

The BJP had won 78 seats in the state in 2008 elections and the Congress had grabbed 96.

The ABP News-Neilson exit poll showed BJP is set to win the assembly polls in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh. It did not give the outcome of surveys in the other three states.

According to India TV-CVoter exit polls, in Delhi till 1 pm, the BJP is projected to win 29 of the 70 assembly seats, the Congress 21, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) 16 seats, and the BSP two seats.

In 2008, the Congress had won 43, the BJP 23 seats, and the BSP two.

According to the ABP-Neilson survey, the BJP is set to win simple majority in Delhi with 37 seats and a vote share of 33 per cent in the 70-member house.

It said that while the Congress will get 16 seats, Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP will get around 15 seats.

AAP seems to have spoiled the chances of both BJP and the Congress winning the election in Delhi.