Only West Bengal has bucked the trend by re-electing Trinamool Congress led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who managed to hold on to power by defeating the Left-Congress alliance convincingly for a second consecutive term, the polls showed.

The Congress could take solace from its projected victory in the tiny Union Territory of Puducherry where it is likely to get power in alliance with the DMK.

The Exit poll results were released at the end of the polling in Tamil Nadu and Kerala today, marking the closure of voting in four states and Puducherry. Counting of votes will take place on May 19.

In Assam, where BJP has high stakes, it could get its maiden government with India Today-Axis-My India polls giving the saffron alliance 79-93 seats in a House of 126. Congress has been projected to get 26-33 while AIUDF headed by Badruddin Ajmal is set to get 6-10 seats. 'Others' can get 1 to 4 seats.

The ABP Ananda poll gave the BJP alliance 81 seats, Congress 33, AIUDF 10 and others 5. Times Now C Voter projected BJP to get 57 seats and Congress 41 while AIUDF and others are set to get 18 and 10 respectively. Today's Chanakya gave BJP and overwhelming 90  seats against Congress' 27 and AIUDF 9.

In Kerala, the poll on India TV showed the LDF getting 74 to 82 against UDF's 54 to 62. The BJP and 'others' are projected to get 4 seats each. The India Today-Axis polls 88 to 101 seats for LDF and 38 to 48 for UDF. The BJP may get upto 3 seats. C Voter has predicted 78 for LDF, 58 for UDF and 2 for BJP. In the last elections, the UDF had 72 seats and the LDF 68.

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