Virat TsuNamo Again: Exit Polls

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Four separate exit polls estimated that the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance would return to power in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly, with two of them giving more than 200 seats to the ruling combine and on the other hand, pollsters have predicted an emphatic victory for the incumbent BJP government in Haryana, with three exit polls predicting that the saffron party will win over 70 seats. If exit polls are true, then the crucial Assembly elections to Maharashtra and Haryana are important for the BJP because they were held just five months after the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in which the BJP swept the nation hugely especially North India. In Haryana, the BJP won all nine seats, as it did in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

BJP’s victory spree has been tagged to Team India’s brilliance recently as Virat Kohli became the 2nd Indian after MS Dhoni to lead in 50 Tests when he walked out for the toss for the 2nd Test of a 3-match series against South Africa in Pune. In August, Virat Kohli became the most successful Test captain in the history of Indian cricket during the tour of the West Indies. Before the Pune Test, Virat Kohli led India in 49 Tests and won 29, lost 10 and drew 10. On October 13, India recorded their 11th consecutive Test series at home when they beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs in Pune on Day 4 of the 2nd Test of the ongoing Freedom Trophy. Now, the win in Pune has propelled India to become the sole owner of the record for most consecutive Test series wins at home. Before wrestling back the Freedom Trophy, India and Australia jointly held the record with 10 successive home Test series wins.

New Delhi: The ruling BJP will retain power comfortably in Maharashtra and Haryana, exit polls predicted on Monday for the first election to be held since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in May. The BJP is set for a walkover in both Maharashtra – where it is contesting the polls in an alliance with the Shiv Sena – and Haryana, according to NDTV’s poll of exit polls.

For Maharashtra, the poll of exit polls, or an aggregate of various exit polls, gives the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance 211 of 288 seats and the Congress-Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) 64 seats. A party needs 145 seats for a majority.

In Haryana, the BJP is likely to win 66 of 90 seats, predicts the polls of polls, and the Congress may be limited to 14. The majority mark is 46.

A health warning – exit polls often get it wrong. The ruling party may see its continuing winning streak as a huge endorsement of big decisions like ending special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, which was the central theme in PM Modi’s rallies in both states. Two more election wins will also bolster the party at a time the opposition has tried to redirect focus on the economic slump, farmer suicides, the agricultural distress and a jobs crisis. Haryana has the third highest unemployment in the country.