Exit polls show clear majority for BJP in Gujarat and Himachal

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According to exit polls, GST and demonetisation did not affect BJP's chances in urban areas as the party is predicted to win 42 out of the 55 seats of urban Gujarat.

Times Now-VMR predicted that BJP might get 109 out if 182 seats while the Congress will have to settle for 70 seats.

This is likely to be a positive push for the Rahul Gandhi-led Congress party as it starts taking steps in the right direction under the new party leadership by denting the vote share of the ruling BJP in the home state of the party's star campaigner Narendra Modi. The final results are due on Monday.

IndiaTV-VMR exit poll predicts overwhelming victory for the BJP in north Gujarat as well.

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"A potentially convincing (110+ seats) win for the BJP in Gujarat - a state perceived to be the most impacted by the goods and services tax/demonetisation - will boost market sentiment". The Congress is likely to improve its seats tally but will fall short of the magic number needed to win the Assembly election.

But India TV exit polls predicted that the BJP will sweep Saurashtra and Kutch by winning about 34 of the 54 seats. BJP president Amit Shah had in a speech told BJP MLAs and workers not to burst crackers if they do not achieve the target of 150 plus seats. While the Hindus in the state voted for the saffron party, the Muslims have shown their support for Congress by giving the party majority of the votes. The current analysis by NewsX in collaboration with CNX says that BJP would get 45.40% of votes whereas Congress would get a 37.75% vote share. The first phase of the elections to 89 seats in Gujarat was held on December 9, with a 68% voter turnout. In Ahmedabad, which accounts for 21 of the 93 seats, the approximate voter turnout was 66%, significantly lower than at-least half a dozen districts, and over three percent lower than the overall polling.

Of the 4.35 crore registered voters, 2.97 crore exercised their franchise in the elections held on 9 and 14 December. The combined figures stand at around 67.75 per cent - lower than the 72 per cent of the 2012 Assembly elections.

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