Exit polls 2017: BJP ahead in UP, Goa and Uttarakhand; Congress and AAP neck-and-neck in Punjab

The Bharatiya Janata Party could emerge as the single-largest party in three of five states, including Uttar Pradesh, which voted to elect new assemblies over the past month, exit polls said on Thursday.

The Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party were locked in a tight race in Punjab and the principal opposition party was battling with the BJP to retain power in Manipur.

In the politically crucial UP, all exit polls forecast a hung assembly. Two gave the BJP a clear advantage over its nearest rival, the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance while two others predicted a close fight between the two formations.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) was seen as a distant third in all four exit polls available for the 403-member house.

The BJP was seen as surging ahead of rivals in Goa and Uttarakhand as well. Official results for all five states are out on March 11. Two poll-of-polls also saw the BJP ahead in these three states.

In Punjab, all exit polls unanimously predicted a drubbing for the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP combine. But the polls were divided on whether the Congress or the Aam Aadmi Party, which is fighting its debut assembly election in the state, will form the next government.

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Source By http://www.hindustantimes.com

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