Exit polls shows Congress may not be able to reach the halfway mark
GN Bureau | December 14, 2017
BJP is all set to retain Gujarat, indicated one exit poll. Another exit poll, however, showed a tough fight in at least one region.
Aaj Tak exit poll showed that BJP will win 99 – 113 seats, getting a majority in the 182 member assembly. The Congress will get 68 – 82 seats, falling short of the magic halfway mark.
The ABP-CSDS exit poll showed that in Saurashtra-Kutch region, which has 54 assembly constituencies, the Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to win in 34 seats. The Congress is likely to romp home in 19 seats. Others will get one seat.
India TV, in its exit poll, showed that BJP is going to get 25-31 seats in the Saurashtra-Kutch region. The Congress will do better than the BJP and get bag 23-29 seats.
In southern Gujarat, which includes Surat where economic activity had been impacted after demonetisation and GST, the ABP-CSDS exit poll showed BJP getting 21-27 seats. The Congress is expected to do well in 11 seats. Others will bag 11 seats.
India TV exit poll showed that BJP was way ahead in southern Gujarat that has 35 seats and may win 24-30 seats. The Congress was lagging behind by getting just 6-8 seats.
The vote count will take place on December 18.
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