New Delhi: Hours after polling for the assembly elections in five states and one Union Territory ended on Thursday evening, most of the exit polls predicted that the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress would retain West Bengal while the DMK-led alliance would come to power in Tamil Nadu.
Most of the pollsters have also predicted a landslide win for the Left Front government in Kerala while in Assam, the BJP is likely to retain power.
The counting of the votes in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and UT of Puducherry will begin on May 2.
Trinamool Congress is likely to get a third straight term in Bengal, though with a majority greatly shrunk, an aggregate of six exit polls indicate.
The challenger BJP may not get close to their dream of winning 200 assembly seats. But the party is likely to emerge a close second to the Trinamool — a far cry from its current paltry few seats in the assembly.
The Trinamool Congress, which surged to power in 2011 toppling the 34-year Left citadel, had improved its tally by 27 seats in 2016, winning 2011.
Tamil Nadu assembly elections were conducted in a single phase on 06 April for the 234 assembly seats in the state. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) are the two main political parties in the state and formed alliances with Congress and BJP respectively.
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