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Exit Polls Predict Easy but Truncated Win for BJP in UP, Clear Victory of AAP in Punjab

Ahead of counting on March 10, several exit polls show mixed outcome in Uttarakhand and Goa and BJP ahead in Manipur.

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New Delhi: Exit polls, which had completely failed to grasp even an iota of voter mood in the West Bengal Assembly elections in 2021, have predicted BJP comfortably winning in Uttar Pradesh but with lower number of seats than in 2017 and in Manipur, AAP getting a clear majority in Punjab, a mixed outcome in Uttarakhand and, hung House in Goa.

The counting of votes for all states is to take place on March 10.

After the end of the seventh phase of polling in UP, exit polls run by TV channels --   CNN News 18, Republic TV and News X channels showed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party -led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) getting 211-277 seats and its main challenger in the Samajwadi Party-led alliance getting anywhere between 119 and 160 seats in UP. CNN News 18 predicted 262-277 seats for BJP and allies and 119-134 for the SP and allies in the 403-member state Assembly.

The Times Now-Veto poll gave 225 seats to BJP in UP, 151 to the SP-led alliance, 14 to BSP and three to others.

The ABP- C-Voter exit poll predicted a close fight for BJP in UP, a sweep for Aam Aadmi Party (50-61 seats of the total 117 seats) in Punjab and Congress (32-28 seats out of 70 seats) win in Uttarakhand. In Goa, it predicted a hung Assembly.

As far as Punjab is concerned, most exit polls gave a clear win to AAP, with India Today- Axis My India projecting a sweep of up to 76-90 seats.  The ruling Congress was mostly predicted to be securing the second spot in Punjab.

Today's Chanakya exit poll predicted 43 seats for the BJP in Uttarakhand, 24 for the Congress and 3 for others, while the Jan Ki Baat exit poll predicted 32-41 seats for BJP in Uttarakhand, 27-35 seats for Congress, one seat each for AAP and Bahujan Samaj Party and three for others.

The Times Now - Veto exit poll predicted 37 seats for BJP in Uttarakhand, 31 for Congress and one for AAP. India Today- Axis projected 36-46 for BJP, 20-30 Congress in the hill state.

(inputs from PTI)

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