Indian shares advance led by banks after Gujarat exit poll results


According to exit polls, GST and demonetisation did not affect BJP's chances in urban areas as the party is predicted to win 42 out of the 55 seats of urban Gujarat.

According to Times Now-VMR Exit Poll, the saffron party is likely to win 109 seats in 182-member assembly as against 70 by Congress, while another exit poll by Republic TV-C-Voter gave BJP 108 seats and the Congress only 74. The BJP is likely to get 50 per cent of the vote share, while the Congress would get 41 per cent and others would bag about nine per cent of the electorate. The survey gives the BJP less than 110 seats, which it comes out to be true, will prove to be a big setback for the party has ruled over Gujarat for 22 years. The results will be declared on December 18. The Congress can make a gain of 17 seats at most and the BJP's seat share might come down to 99 from the 115 that was predicted in October 2017. The ABP-CSDS survey poll predicts that the BJP will get 117 seats and the Congress 64, numbers that are nearly identical to that of 2012 Assembly Election.

Punters on Gujarat polls have predicted 100-103 seats for the BJP in its sixth consecutive victory in the state, while they tip Congress to gain 78-100 seats. Congress is like to win 9-13 seats with 40 per cent vote share. While BJP is winning 19 seats in Kangra and 15 in Mandi, Congress is trailing behind with 5 and 9 seats in the respective areas. BJP president Amit Shah had in a speech told BJP MLAs and workers not to burst crackers if they do not achieve the target of 150 plus seats. Party won five of six seats.

After Bihar elections in 2015, except one, all exit polls indicated a clear win for BJP.

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The party, which had 26 seats in the outgoing assembly, is expected to get a majority easily.

The election is being held in 93 seats across over 25000 polling stations in central as well as north Gujarat. A total of 851 candidates were in the fray in the final phase.

The second and last phase of Gujarat poll ended on Thursday.

Saurashtra-Kutch region sends the largest number of MLAs, 54, to the Gujarat Assembly.