[Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party (SP) tried very hard to retain the state. All Exit Polls however say otherwise.]
New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh seems headed for a hung assembly in 2017 assembly elections with the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) emerging as the single largest party but far away from the magic number of 202 seats required to form government, the leading exit polls predicted on Thursday.
NewsX-MRC Exit Poll also predicts BJP wave in Uttar Pradesh, predicts 185 seats for the saffron party. The Exit Poll says SP-Congress will win 120 seats and the BSP will end up with 90 seats. Halfway mark is 202. Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party is said to have garnered a vote share of 28%, according to Times Now VMR Exit Poll.
However, the saffron party established its dominance with a vote share of 34% in Uttar Pradesh, according to Times Now-VMR Exit Polls.
India News-MRC survey says the BJP will win 188 seats in UP, while the SP-Congress alliance will end up with 120 seats. The BSP is predicted to finish third with 90 seats.
ABP News-CSDS, on the other hand, released its results on the basis of phases in Uttar Pradesh. It gives BJP 164-176, SP 156-169, BSP 60-72 seats.
According to ABP News-CSDS survey: First phase (73 seats): BJP may get 33-39 seats, SP on second with 20-26 seats, BSP distant third with 12-16, Second phase (67 seats): BJP 15-21, SP 37-43, BSP 7-11, Third phase (69 seats): BJP 27-33, SP 25-31, BSP 9-13. In 2012 Assembly elections, SP won 55 out of these 69 constituencies, Fourth phase (53 seats): BJP may get 27-33 seats, followed by SP with 16-22 seats. BSP may get 2-6 seats, Fifth phase (52 seats): SP again bounces back with 21-27 seats, BJP may get 14-20 seats, BSP winning 8-12 constituencies, Sixth phase (49 seats): BJP may get 18-24 seats, SP winning on 14-20 seats, BSP again placed at third with 8-12 seats and Seventh phase (40 seats): BJP winning 15-21 seats, SP 9-15, BSP 6-8 seats.
These are not the final results, but are mere predictions and Exit Polls based on inputs recieved on the polling day. The Final Results will be declared after counting of votes on March 11.
Post a hung-house prediction in the state on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav hinted at an alliance with BSP's Mayawati.
Akhilesh told BBC Hindi radio that if the SP-Congress combine falls short of a majority, they won't mind joining hands with the Mayawati's BSP in a bid to keep BJP out of UP.
Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress-Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance both are upbeat about forming the next government in the state.
AICC General Secretary and in-charge of Congress Party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance will achieve two-third majority.
"The way alliance has worked; other parties do not even stand a chance to win. Never has any alliance been as successful as this alliance has been. Rahul-Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav have worked very hard," he told ANI.
The senior Congressman also taunted the BJP, saying the saffron party stands no chances and is fighting for the second or third position.
On the other hand, Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya also said the Samajwadi Party and Congress will be shocked after seeing the result on March 11.
"The Bharatiya Janata Party will cross the number of 300. On the basis of the feedback which I have collected from different areas, I can say UP will see the BJP government after 14 years," said Maurya.
"The people here want development to take place, hooliganism to end and good governance to prevail. That is why the people have supported us," he added.
Polling in the final phase of 7-phase Uttar Pradesh ended Wednesday. The Election Commission however had to postpone elections in few assembly constituencies for today due to the death of contesting candidates.
Along with Uttar Pradesh, elections were also held in Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur. The month-long election process started with polling in Punjab and Goa on February 04.
All five states witnessed high turnout with polling in Goa touching 81% on February 4. The same day Punjab saw a turnout of 77.37%.
Of the seven phases in Uttar Pradesh election, the maximum polling was in the second phase when 65.16% voters exercised their franchise. The two-phased polling in Manipur saw a turnout of 85.5% and 86%, respectively. The turnout in Uttarakhand was 65.64%.
Okram Ibobi Singh, Akhilesh Yadav, Parkash Singh Badal, Harish Rawat and Laxmikant Parsekar are hoping to retain power in Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Goa, respectively
All five went states that went to the polls — Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Manipur — witnessed bitterly fought campaigns over the last one-and-a-half months.
Counting of votes will be done on Saturday Mrach 11, 2017. According to the election commission, counting of votes in all five states will start at 07:00 am.