Cong slightly ahead in Punjab BJP to retain Uttarakhand Exit poll

Cong slightly ahead in Punjab BJP to retain Uttarakhand Exit poll

By: || Updated: 04 Mar 2012 05:42 AM


New
Delhi:
According to STAR News-Nielsen exit poll, Punjab is locked in a
close contest between the Shiromani Akali Dal-Bharatiya Janata Party
(SAD-BJP) alliance and the Congress. However, the Congress is ahead by a
narrow margin.




In Uttarakhand, it seems the magic of chief minister BC Khanduri will pave
the way for the ruling BJP to retain it with the Congress improving its
performance.




In Punjab, the Congress is likely to get 58 seats in the house of 117. The
Akali Dal-BJP alliance is getting 56 seats. The SAD is getting 42 seats
and the BJP is likely to get 14 seats. In Uttarakhand, the ruling BJP is
retaining power with 36 seats while Congress is getting 29 seats in the
house of 70.




It is dead heat in Punjab between the incumbent SAD-BJP alliance and their
main opponent, the Congress party. According to the poll, Congress is
getting 43 per cent votes while the incumbent SAD-BJP alliance will score
41 per cent of the votes. In 2007 Assembly polls, the SAD-BJP alliance had
secured 45.37 per cent votes, while the Congress had managed to get 40.90
per cent votes.




Sukhbir Singh Badal's cousin Manpreet Badal, who has launched his separate
outfit People's Party of Punjab, is winning only two seats and getting
three per cent votes. He is likely to become a kingmaker in the state.




The poll, conducted by STAR News-Nielsen, was done on January 31 across 59
constituencies with a total sample size of 13,767 respondents.




In Uttarakhand, the BJP is increasing its vote share. This is against
expectations that the party would do badly in face of serious charges of
corruption against the government and the party had to replace the chief
minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank with BC Khanduri. Though Congress is
getting only 29 seats, it is still up from its last time's tally of 21.
The BSP is likely to get three seats.





The BJP is ahead of Congress by three per cent – 39 per cent to 36 per
cent. The BJP had secured 32.46 per cent votes in the 2007 Assembly polls,
while the Congress had managed to get only 29.83 per cent votes.




The poll, conducted by STAR News-Nielsen, was done on January 31 across 35
constituencies with a total sample size of 8,172 respondents.




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