Exit polls, surveys predict BJP's win in Assembly elections

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Exit polls and post-poll surveys at the end of assembly elections in five states Wednesday indicated only bad news for the Congress, any which way the ruling party at the Centre sought to view them.

The Congress, the polls said, will be routed in the four mainland states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Delhi, and will struggle to get a comfortable majority even in Mizoram.

The Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government in Madhya Pradesh, they said, would retain the state while Vasundhara Raje would lead the BJP back to power in Rajasthan, snatching the state from the Congress with a comfortable majority.

As for Chhattisgarh, the surveys poured cold water on the hopes of the Congress to wrest the state from the BJP's Raman Singh. Four polls projected the BJP to be in control in the state, with only the India TV-C Voter survey suggesting a close contest between the Congress (41 seats) and BJP (44 seats) in the 90-member Assembly.

In Delhi, which was the last to vote on Wednesday, the surveys differed on the number of seats that would be won by the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) of Arvind Kejriwal. But all of them agreed the Congress would lose the city-state as well.

The picture was not rosy for the Congress even in Mizoram, where the grand old party does not face the BJP or the AAP.

The India TV-C Voter survey projected the Congress would fall short of a majority, winning only 19 seats of the total 40, down from 32 last time. The opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) and Mizo People's Conference (MPC) alliance was shown winning 14 seats and the Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) expected to bag five.

The message from all the polls and surveys was, however, unambiguous: along with local factors, a strong anti-Congress sentiment caused by inflation, poor economic performance and corruption charges prevailed in these states.

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