IANS/ New Delhi
The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is expected to make gains in Tamil Nadu but its prospects of sweeping the southern state seems remote as the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam appears to have prevented a whitewash, according to the IANS-CVOTER exit poll.
The AIADMK, which had won 37 of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu in 2014, is expected to get 10 seats this time while the Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to retain its single seat.
The DMK, which was hoping to sweep the state, is expected to win 22 seats while the Congress is likely to get five against its score of zero last time.
The BJP had entered into an alliance with the AIADMK but it seems it has not helped much to improve its overall tally.
The DMK, on the other hand, has been active in putting together post-poll alliances but it does not seem to be getting the numbers it would have liked to strengthen its bargaining power.
The United Progressive Alliance’s vote share in Tamil Nadu is expected to be 43.1% while that of the National Democratic Alliance is likely to be 37.2%.
However, the India Today-Axis My India exit poll predicted the DMK-led alliance will get 34 to 38 seats while the AIADMK will win not more than four.
Neck to neck fight between BJP, TMC in WB: India Today-Axis exit poll
It’s a close battle in W Bengal
The BJP, which won just two out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal in 2014, may bag 19 to 23 seats this time, according to an exit poll conducted by India Today-Axis.
The exit poll predicted that the Trinamool Congress, which rules the state and won 34 seats in the last general elections, is likely to get 19 to 22 seats.
The Congress is likely to win just one seat in West Bengal while the Left parties would not be able to open their account in the state.
BJP may not open account in Kerala
Despite mega efforts, the BJP is unlikely to open its account in Kerala, according to the IANS-CVOTER exit poll.
The poll has predicted 15 seats for the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) - a gain of three seats - and five for the ruling CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) - a loss of three seats.
The Congress alone is projected to win 12 seats and its alliance partners three.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting from the Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency of the state, apart from Amethi, his traditional seat, in Uttar Pradesh.
BJP likely to win 18 seats in Karnataka
The BJP is expected to win 18 seats in Karnataka while the Congress can get seven with two seats going to its ally Janata Dal (Secular), according to IANS-CVOTER exit poll.
For the BJP, it seems to be good news as the party may improve upon the tally of 17 seats it had won in the state in 2014. It is a loss of two seats for the Congress, which had won nine in 2014 while no change is expected in the strength of JD-S.
The exit poll predictions are a setback to the precariously positioned ruling Congress-JD-S coalition in the state. The BJP, which lost power in the assembly elections by a whisker, will be back in contention in the state if the exit poll predictions come true.
The projections for Lok Sabha will have ramifications in the state politics as the ruling coalition is already under stress. It will give the BJP another chance to move in and exploit the inherent weakness of the ruling alliance to form the government.
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