Exit polls mixed in the eastern part of the country

Monks from the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a Hindu religious organisation, queue to cast their votes at La Martiniere for Boys school in Kolkata. AFP photo

The five eastern states of the country and Andaman and Nicobar Islands comprise a total of 129 seats in the Lok Sabha. The six states include Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Jharkhand. The NDA won 59 of the 129 seats in the 2014 General Elections while the UPA won a tiny 14 seats. 

West Bengal is a very important state for the BJP. The BJP has historically performed very poorly in the state. This time, however, they looked to have made a few amends. ABP-Nielsen predicts 16 seats for the BJP and 24 seats to the Trinamool Congress. Republic CVoter and Times Now-VMR have both predicted 29 for the TMC and 11 seats for the BJP. The Congress is expected to win the remaining 2 seats in the state. Either way, the BJP looks to have performed significantly better than the previous elections and have made inroads into West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee would be hoping that the TMC has performed better than what the exit polls have predicted as she looks to make a bid for the Prime Minister post.

Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal has also taken a hit from the BJP according to exit polls. The BJP is expected to have won 8 seats according to ABP News-Nielsen. They expect the BJD to win 12 seats and the UPA is expected to win the remaining seat in Odisha. 

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Times Now-VMR has predicted the BJP to win 8 of the 14 seats in Jharkhand. The UPA is expected to win the remaining seats. ABP News-Nielsen has predicted the reverse for Jharkhand. They expect the NDA to win 6 seats and the UPA to win 14 seats from Jharkhand. 

Bihar has a total of 40 seats in the Lok Sabha. 31 of these seats were won by the NDA in 2014. ABP News-Nielsen has predicted a further improvement for the NDA with 34 seats while Republic CVoter has predicted the BJP-led alliance to win 33 seats. The UPA is predicted to win the remaining seats. Chanakya has predicted a repeat of 2014 with the UPA winning 31 and NDA winning 31 and 9 seats respectively. 

ABP News-Nielsen expects the UPA and NDA to share the seats in Chhattisgarh with the BJP winning 6 and the Congress winning 5 seats. Times Now-VMR has predicted the BJP to win 7 seats and the Congress to win the remaining 4 seats. Chanakya has predicted an overwhelming victory for the BJP, and they are expected to win 9 out of the 11 seats in the state. 

The Exit Polls for the seats in the eastern part of the country are mixed. The BJP looks to have shown tremendous improvement in the region though, especially in West Bengal and Odisha. With the BJP expected to lose out on seats in Uttar Pradesh, the improvements in these states could prove to be extremely important. National Exit Polls generally suggest the NDA to get another term in office and Narendra Modi would be all set to remain as the Prime Minister of the country. 

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