As India waits to know its fate about who will form the next government, the country saw its last phase of the vote on Sunday. In this Lok Sabha election, West Bengal had a total of 42 seats.
As per the exit poll reports, the ruling party is expected to get around 24 to 28 seats this year. The reports also show that though Mamata Banerjee will win the election in the state but it is likely that the party may loose number of seats in the Lok Sabha. The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) is expected to make a massive gain in the state and may get at least 14 seats from the state.
Mamata’s state is one of few states which conducted elections in seven phases. Elections started on April 11 in Bengal and the last phase voted on Sunday.
Election Commission asked not to release exit polls report before 6:30 pm on Sunday. Once the embargo ends, News18-IPSOS, India Today-Axis, Times Now-VMR, NewsX-Neta, Republic Bharat-Jan Ki Baat, ABP-CSDS and Today’s Chanakya will release their exit poll predictions.
West Bengal saw a 7-phase voting for its 42 seats. According to Times Now exit poll, The BJP is set to make big gains in West Bengal becoming a clear number two, and is seen challenging the TMC’s supremacy. As per projections, TMC could win 28 of the 42 seats, that’s down to 6 seats from what it won in 2014.
The vote share of the TMC, however, remains almost intact at 39%. The CPI(M) led Left Front may get a single seat. The party is likely to win 11 seats according to Times Now exit poll that’s 9 more seats than what it won in 2014. The vote share of the BJP in West Benal is seens as growing to 32% from 17% in the last Lok Sabha elections.
A good show in West Bengal is vital for the Bhartiya Janata party, as it is eyeing its second term in office. Polling in West Bengal has been marred with violence, leading to the invocation of Article 324 (cutting short campaigning by 24 hours) by the Election Commission.
Fearing violence at the hands of the ruling-Trinamool Congress dispensation in West Bengal, the BJP said on Sunday that central paramilitary forces should remain deployed in the state till the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in force.