Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Congress losing ground, BJP sitting tight in Karnataka, say exit polls

Congress losing ground, BJP sitting tight in Karnataka, say exit polls

With UP alone playing a crucial role in determining who forms the next government at the Centre, NDA could win if it bags the most seats in UPs 80 Lok Sabha seats, Indian Express reports. Thanks to a weakened Congress, which has been hit by defections to the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and also to the BJP, the saffron party is looking to come second in at least a handful of parliamentary seats, apart from winning a few out of the total 17.

Most of the exit polls have forecast another term for Prime Minister Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 Seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha. In 2014, BJD had won 117 seats, Congress 16 and BJP 10.

"There are various issues that will be discussed at the party forum and there is nothing unusual about meetings held before and after elections", said the functionary, who asked not to be named.

Even as the opposition parties are sceptical about the exit poll predictions, preparation for the swearing-in ceremony are being planned in the BJP, one of the senior functionaries cited above said. The channel broadcasted election rallies, speeches of the Prime Minister and interviews of BJP leaders.

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Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday sought to bolster the morale of party workers by asking them to not be disheartened by "rumours" and exit poll results and urged them to be alert at their respective booths.

On the hand, Times Now-VMR poll predict a tally of 58 wins for BJP and its allies leaving 20 for the Mahagathbandhan.

"These exit polls have given a high level of comfort for investors and the governmental policies initiated in the first term will only gain momentum", said Amar Singh of Angel Broking.

"Exit polls are not the final decision, but are indications".

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