Exit Polls : BJP Set Retain UP, AAP Sweep Punjab.

Hyderabad : As the seven-phased assembly elections across five states came to an end on Monday, the exit polls predicted a clear win for the BJP and its allied parties in Uttar Pradesh but with a reduced majority.

According to most of the agencies conducting exit polls this time, the AAP is expected to unseat Congress in Punjab while there will be a tight race between the Congress and BJP in Uttarakhand and Goa. In Manipur, the saffron party, along with its allies — the NPP, NPF and JD(U) — will have an edge over the Congress, showed the exit polls.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is all set to win the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections as at least five exit polls released on March 7 predicted it to emerge as the single largest party in the state by bagging anywhere between 222 and 326 of the 403 seats. The exit polls predicted that the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party will increase its 2017 tally of 47 and win anywhere between 71 and 165 seats this time, well short of coming to power.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to retain power in Manipur by crossing the halfway-majority mark of 31 seats, suggested the exit polls released on March 7. The party is likely to win 32-38 out of the 60 constituencies, said the Zee-Designboxed survey. The Congress was projected to emerge as a distant second with victory in 12-17 seats,

Most of them were also unanimous in predicting a big win for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Punjab, with India Today-Axis projecting up to 76-90 seats in the 117-member assembly. A few exit polls also forecast a hung assembly in Punjab, the only poll-bound state where the Congress is in power, while giving a clear edge to the AAP.

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