According to exit polls and post-poll surveys released on Wednesday, the saffron outfit will certainly win in Rajasthan, is likely to retain Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and may just grab power in Delhi as well, while the Congress faces a blank-out in these four states where elections were held in November-December.

The results of these four states will be equally important for both the BJP and the Congress with general elections barely few months away.

Moreover, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will also be closely watching this semi-final contest as it will indirectly decide whether he will get the chance to lead the nation in 2014. The poll results will reflect Modi’s charisma as the BJP leader campaigned aggressively in all the four states. His connect to crowd was electrifying during the poll campaign.

A record 72.49 percent turnout was registered in the Rajasthan Assembly elections on December 1. Elections to 199 constituencies out of the total 200 were conducted peacefully, barring a few minor incidents.

A total of 4,08,29,330 people cast their votes at 47,223 polling stations through 53,045 Electronic Voting Machines, sealing the fate of 2096 candidates, including 166 women candidates.

Election to Churu, which was postponed after the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate, will be held on December 13.

Madhya Pradesh registered over 70 percent turnout as polling for 230-seat Legislative Assembly were held on November 26 amid unprecedented security arrangements.

The poll statistics in 2013 have set a new record with 72.52 percent voters, including 73.53 percent men and 69.77 percent women, exercising their right to franchise, which is the highest in the state in the last 57 years.

A record 77 percent voting was recorded in two-phased Assembly elections for 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly House on November 11 and 19. The ruling BJP is eyeing a hat-trick, while the Congress Party’s poll campaign’ chief Jyotiraditya Scindia will be hoping that his outfit emerges victorious as he is the most likely to be the chief ministerial candidate.  

A record 66 percent of around 1.2 crore voters exercised their franchise on Wednesday in the Delhi Assembly elections, which is witnessing a tight triangular contest among the ruling Congress, BJP and the debutant Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, which has a broom as an election symbol and was promising to sweep away corruption, is likely to play spoiler.

(JPN/Agencies)

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