It appears the BJP is set for a record sweep in Gujarat, the state it has ruled since 1995, according to seven exit polls, outperforming all concerns about anti-incumbency and shrinking party numbers. According to exit polls, the Congress will finish second, and Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party will open account in the state.
According to exit polls, the BJP could win 132 seats — a little short of Amit Shah’s target of 140. Only 99 seats were won by the party in 2018, its lowest result in nearly three decades.
According to NDTV’s Poll of Exit Polls, Congress-Nationalist Congress Party would win 38 seats and AAP would win eight, supporting speculation that AAP’s entry could harm Congress.
However, exit polls can often be inaccurate.
It would be the BJP’s best showing in Gujarat since 2002, after the post-Godhra riots, if they got it right. In that election, the BJP won 127 seats with 48.5% of the vote.
According to Republic TV-P MARQ, the BJP will score 128-148. According to the report, Congress-NCP will win 30 to 42 seats, down from the 77 they won in the last election. There will be between two and ten seats for AAP, it said.
According to News X- Jan Ki Baat, the BJP will have 117-140 seats, the Congress will have 34-51 seats, and AAP will have 6-13 seats.
According to TV9 Gujarati, the BJP will win 125-130 seats, the Congress will win 40-50 seats, and AAP will win 3-5 seats.
The exit polls have predicted a comedown for the Congress, which upped its game remarkably in 2018, limiting the BJP to less than 100 seats, despite its voluble campaign emphasizing the Delhi model of government.
Rahul Gandhi had led the campaign at that time. In Gujarat, the Congress leader held just two rallies, breaking away from his Bharat Jodo Yatra for a day.
According to exit polls, the Congress failed to sway voters after losing Ahmed Patel, its pointsman in Gujarat, to Covid.
In BJP-ruled Himachal Pradesh, all exit polls also predict a BJP victory. In Himachal Pradesh, incumbents are traditionally voted out.
Exit polls predicted a massive victory for the AAP in Delhi’s civic elections last week after three consecutive terms for the BJP.