Exit Poll Results 2023: The Congress party is seeking to retain power in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, while displacing BJP in Madhya Pradesh and the BRS in Telangana
Most exit polls on Thursday predicted an edge to the Congress in Chhattisgarh and Telangana while forecasting that it was an advantage for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In Mizoram, almost all the polls predicted a hung House as they predicted that the ruling Mizo National Front may not cross the halfway mark this time, and nor will its main challenger, the Zoram People’s Movement.
After months of fierce campaigning from all parties, polling in all five states was spread over the past month, beginning on November 7. The Congress party is seeking to retain power in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress party hopes to return to power. In the last 2018 elections, Congress had managed to win the elections, but a revolt led by Jyotiraditya Scindia in 2020 brought the BJP back into power. Telangana faces a triangular contest with Congress and BJP looking to prevent BRS chief K Chandrashekhar Rao’s hat-trick. In Mizoram, the usual Mizo National Front (MNF)-Congress fight has a new challenger — Zoram’s People Movement (ZPM).
These five state elections are crucial for both the BJP and the Congress, as both parties are desperately seeking wins to build momentum ahead of the general elections. The five states together send 83 members to the Lok Sabha. The BJP is relying on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity, the Centre’s welfare schemes, and the party’s organisational strength in these states.
Stay tuned with Aanworld as we bring you the exit poll for all five states.
Both Congress, BJP Hopeful of Victory in Rajasthan after Exit Poll Predictions
The Congress and BJP expressed optimism about winning the Rajasthan assembly polls following the release of exit poll predictions on Thursday.
Although the majority of pollsters indicated a potential advantage for the BJP in Rajasthan, three exit polls in their upper limit forecast a victory for the Congress in the state.
Voting in Rajasthan took place on November 25, and the results are scheduled to be announced on December 3. Senior BJP leader Rajendra Rathore said his party’s tally will be higher than that predicted by exit polls because “there was an undercurrent against the Congress,” news agency reported.
“The polling percentage this time was at an all-time high…, which also indicates that there was anti-incumbency,” he said.
Reacting to the exit poll predictions, BJP MP and party candidate from the Tijara assembly constituency Baba Balaknath said, “The people of Rajasthan want freedom from the Congress, given their record of corruption. The BJP is going to form the government with a majority in Rajasthan as well as Madhya Pradesh.”
Congress leaders also expressed hope that the party would win and form the government in the state.
“Exit polls indicate that ‘raaj nahi rivaz’ (trend, not rule) is set to change in Rajasthan as the Congress is going to win a majority,” Congress spokesperson Gourav Vallabh said on the exit polls.
He was referring to the trend in Rajasthan of the incumbent party being voted out every five years.