With the high-voltage Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh drawing a close on Sunday, News Nation has come up with its Exit Poll to give viewers an impression of what people in the politically crucial state have decided. The Exit Poll will be telecasted LIVE from 6:30 pm onwards on News Nation.
In a state which virtually decides the fate of parties’ national ambitions, the BJP seeks to repeat its performance of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and the 2017 Assembly elections, it is facing stiff challenge from the SP-BSP-RLD alliance.
In the seventh and final phase of general elections in the state on Sunday, 13 seats went to polls to decide the fate of 167 candidates, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The politically crucial state – which sends 80 members to the Lok Sabha – voted across all the seven phases on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP rode the ‘Modi wave’ to sweep the state winning 73 seats, including victory in two constituencies by its ally Apna Dal. The party continued with its remarkable performance in the state in the 2017 Assembly polls when it came back to power after 15 years.
The BJP, along with its allies Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), won 325 seats, thereby decimating the Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance which could win only 54 seats. With Yogi Adityanath elected as the chief minister, the party made a strong comeback in the state after 15 years.
This time, the BJP managed to retain its ally Apna Dal but faced setback with Om Prakash Rajbhar’s SBSP parting ways and fielding its candidates on 39 seats. However, it wooed the NISHAD Party and inducted 'giant killer' Pravin Nishad into its fold.
On the other hand, the once-rivals Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party entered into a historic alliance and also got Chaudhary Ajit Singh’s RLD on board, in order to keep BJP out of power in the state.
Meanwhile, the Congress – revived by the recent victories in Hindi heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan – is hoping to turn the tide with the entry of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. It is contesting on 67 seats.
Acording to News Nation Exit Poll, BJP is expected to win 39 seats and an equal number of seats may go in SP-BSP allaince's acccount.
India TV-CNX exit poll has predicted 50 seats for BJP, SP-BSP-RLD alliance likely to get 28 seats, Congress two seats.
Times Now-VMR has also predicted that the NDA will cross 300.
Republic C-Voter has predicted more than 300 of 543 seats for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
The BJP has claimed that the SP-BSP alliance will failt to leave an impact in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
ABP-Nelson Exit Poll has predicted 56 seats for the mahagathbandhan, 22 for the BJP and 2 for others.
Congress is hoping to create a miracle in the state with the introduction of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into active politics.
This time, the SP, BSP and RLD have forged an alliance in Uttar Pradesh to challenge the BJP. The once-rivals Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have contested 37 and 38 seats respectively.
In the 2017 Assembly polls, the BJP along with its allies Apna Dal and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) won 325 seats in the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to retain Varanasi which went to polls in the seventh and final phase on May 19. He faces challenge from Congress' Ajay Rai and SP's Shalini Yadav.
In order to stop the juggernaut of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah in the state, the BSP and the SP decided to bury the hatchet and formed 'Mahagathbandhan' along with Ajit Singh's RLD for 2019 Lok Sabha polls.