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West Bengal Exit Poll: Mamata remains strong, but BJP makes big improvement

Amid This Exit Poll Fever, West Bengal Chief Minister And Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee On Sunday Claimed That She Did Not Trust This 'Exit Poll' Gossip.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Nabanita Chakorborty | Updated on: 20 May 2019, 12:36:49 AM

New Delhi:

As the last and seventh phase of 2019 Lok Sabha polls came to a close on Sunday, voters were eagerly awaiting exit poll results as anxiety grows days ahead of the crucial May 23 verdict. The News Nation Exit Poll predicts that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to improve its tally by bagging 10-12 seats in the state, while the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) may win 26-28 seats. The Left Front and the Congress will end up getting 18 per cent and 10 per cent of the total votes respectively.

As far as the vote share is concerned, Trinamool Congress is predicted to get 36 per cent of the total votes followed by the BJP (30%), Left (18%) and Congress (10%). Talking about the National Exit Poll, the BJP-led NDA is predicted to sail past the magic figure winning 282-290 seats, while UPA may get 118-126 seats in Lok Sabha elections 2019.

TV channels have started airing the exit poll results from 6:30 pm as the Election Commission (EC) has mandated a half an hour gap to telecast the data following the conclusion of the mammoth Lok Sabha polls at 6 pm today. The exit polls, conducted by News Nation are based on responses of around 40,000 people who have cast their votes in their respective constituencies in West Bengal.

Amid this exit poll fever across the country, West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee on Sunday claimed that she did not trust this 'Exit Poll' gossip. Terming it a 'game plan', Banerjee said this was an attempt to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs ahead of the crucial May 23 verdict. She further urged all the opposition parties to stay united so that they can fight this battle together.

Taking to Twitter, Banerjee wrote, "I don’t trust Exit Poll gossip. The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip. I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together.

42 parliamentary seats across West Bengal went to polls in all seven phases held between April 11 and May 19. The state, which has been marred by violence since the first day of the marathon Lok Sabha polls, has witnessed a bitter battle between Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some of the key constituencies in the state include Cooch Behar, Darjeeling, Raiganj, Jangipur, Maldaha Uttar, Asansol, Bardhaman-Durgapur, Baharampur, Barrackpur, Medinipur, Diamond Harbour, Kolkata North and Kolkata South.

In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress swept the state, bagging 34 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats. The Trinamool Congress received 2,03,16,262 votes with a vote share of 39.79 per cent. The Congress was reduced to 4 seats in the state with a vote share of 9.69 per cent. The grand old party received 49,46,911 votes in the entire state.

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First Published : 20 May 2019, 12:36:49 AM