NEW DELHI: The BJP is all set to win the Assembly election in Himachal Pradesh, with 41 seats and by greatly improving its vote share, according to the TOI Online-CVoter Exit Poll.
The ruling Congress, which had 36 seats in the Assembly, will be reduced to 25 seats.
The exit poll predicts a significant gain for the BJP in the state. The party, which had 26 seats in the present Assembly, is expected to gain 15 seats. If the exit poll predictions come true, the BJP will have six seats more than the magic number of 35 needed to achieve majority in the 68-seat Assembly.
The BJP vote share is expected to improve by more than nine per cent – from 38.5 per cent in 2012, to 47.6 per cent in 2017.
Interestingly, the ruling Congress is also expected to better its vote share. However, it is likely to lose 11 seats.
According to the data released, the BJP is expected to hold sway over three of the four regions in the state, except for Shimla region, where the Congress will be the biggest presence.
However, in Chamba, Kullu, and the ‘Plain’ region, the BJP will be able to win more seats than the Congress.
Other parties in the state are in for a bad showing, with a massive drop in both their vote and seat share.
The vote share for these parties is expected to drop by a whopping 10.4 per cent, while their seat share may fall to two from the current six.
Source : timesofindia