Indian shares advance led by banks after Gujarat exit poll results

EC acting like captive puppet, front organisation of BJP: Congress

The vote share for Congress has gone up to 42 per cent this year, however, that's still behind the BJP which has got 47 per cent of the same.

The Congress is expected to get 68-82 seats in Gujarat this year, a gain of nearly 10-16 seats from last year's 61, which will certainly be attributed to Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi's well-fought campaign, but which may not be enough to break the BJP's unbroken stint of sixth consecutive win in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state.

The survey by India Today-Axis MyIndia Poll also gave BJP a clear edge predicting 99 to 113 seats while giving 68 to 82 seats to the Congress which put up a determined fight. Remaining 20 seats had gone to the Opposition Congress. Ahmedabad district alone is having lion's share of 21 seats - 16 urban and five rural.

Similarly if Congress, which is predicted to get 76-78 seats, gets 78 + the bookies will get Rs 35,000 on Rs 1 lakh.

Caste-based voting is ensuring the big win for the BJP, with the upper castes and classes - including the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Rajputs, Baniyas, among others, contributing to the 50 per cent winning voting percentage. Barring Ahmedabad district, the Congress and the BJP won nearly similar number of seats 17 and 15 respectively in the rest of north Gujarat.

But how do the political parties and their respective politicians fare on social media? The three are seen as the safe seats for the BJP. Margin of victory in the 11 seats of the region was narrow and seven among them was won by the ruling BJP.

Another interesting deduction from the Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 Exit Poll is that the Patidar agitation failed to create any major dent despite Hardik Patel's efforts. Axis My India shows the Congress in the lead in 13 out of the 25 Thakore dominated seats, while the BJP leads in 12.

The BJP had fielded 93 candidates for this phase, and 91 by the Congress party. News Nation presents the predictions on the basis of the exit poll it conducted in the two states ahead of the assembly poll results which will be declared on December 18.

Ellisbridge, Maninagar and Ghatlodia seats also saw over 64% turnout.

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