After a high-voltage election campaigning, Gujarat has finally voted. The exit polls are out, and there is a clear winner.
Most predict a comfortable win for BJP. Polls project a win of about 110 seats on an average, which is just 5 short of the 115 seats BJP won in 2012.
This will be way above the 92-seat majority mark in the 182-member assembly.
What do the Gujarat exit polls reveal?
What do the predictions reveal?
Republic-Jan Ki Baat predicts a sweeping victory for BJP with 115 seats.
TIMES NOW-VMR expects BJP to get 109 seats and Congress 70 seats.
India Today-Axis says BJP will win 99-113 seats and Congress 68-84 seats.
Sahara Samay foresees a 110-120 seat-share for BJP and 65-75 for Congress.
ABP-CSDS-LOKNITI has predicted a massive BJP win with 117 seats and Congress 64 seats.
Chanakya predicts the highest seat-share for BJP
Chanakya, which got the 2014 prediction right, is projecting a two-third majority for BJP in Gujarat with 135 seats. It says Congress will be reduced to a dismal 47 seats!
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What do the predictions imply?
Though it's a home-run for BJP in Gujarat, the predictions are less than their targeted 150 seats. Further, despite Rahul Gandhi's temple-hopping and suave social-media presence, Congress failed to make an impact. The party's seat-share is expected to be, more or less, same as 2012.
How are they expected to fare in terms of vote-share?
Vote-share refers to the percentage of total votes a party secures. It may not correspond with seat-share as it depends on a party's popularity in a region and demography.
Both C-Voter and India Today-Axis predict that BJP will capture about 47% votes and Congress 42-43% votes.
In 2012, BJP's vote share was 47% against Congress's 38%. Congress's vote-share is touted to increase.
Region-wise, how do Congress and BJP fare?
What are the region-wise predictions?
ABP predicts that in north Gujarat, BJP will win 32-38 seats and Congress 16-22 seats of 53 seats. This region's population comprises of farmers, OBCs and tribals. This being its main voter-base, Congress should ideally have done well.
TV9-C Voter predicts BJP will win 39 of 63 seats in central Gujarat. Congress will win 17 seats in Patel-bastion Saurashtra.
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