BJP likely to retain Himachal with 34-42 seats, predicts Times Now-ETG exit poll
New Delhi, Dec 05: The Times Now Navbharat ETG exit poll on Saturday predicted Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears set to return to power in the hill state.
According to the Times Now Navbharat ETG exit poll, the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP is likely to bag 34-42 seats and retain power. The main opposition Congress will probably end up with 24-32 seats and Others including Independents are likely to win 2 seats. The majority mark is 35 in 68-member strong assembly. The official poll results will be announced on December 8.
On the other hand, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is forcasted to get 0 seats
The BJP is expected to bag 45.1 per cent vote share while the Congress may get 40.9 per cent. The AAP, with a projected vote share of 5.3 per cent, appears to have eaten into the Opposition vote share and contributed to the Congress's probable loss.
The exit poll results came out after the conclusion of the second phase of polling in Gujarat on Monday. The first phase of polling in Gujarat was held on December 1 and results for the two states will be declared on December 8.
In 2017, the exit polls had predicted that the saffron party would comfortably return to power in Himachal Pradesh. The turnout was recorded at 75.6 per cent.
The polling was held for 68 constituency seats in Himachal Pradesh on November 12 and the counting of votes is scheduled to be taken up on December 8. The state recorded around 74.54 per cent voter turnout, per an official Election Commission announcement. The hill state has a history of alternating between the Congress and the BJP since 1982.
The Congress and the BJP wound up their assembly poll campaigns for Himachal Pradesh, which saw high profile leaders descending on it with promises that ranged from implementation of a common civil code to scooters for college-going women. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which is contesting to return to power in the Jai Ram Thakur-led state, scored on bringing in the big names. Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited twice, addressing a series of rallies, as reported by PTI.
In the outgoing assembly, the ruling BJP holds 43 states. The state has alternated between the Congress and the BJP in every election since 1982 - and the opposition party says it is its "turn" now.
If that happens it would be a morale booster for the party that has lost state after state since the BJP came to power at the Centre in 2014.