The exit polls on Friday handed Congress a convincing win in Rajasthan elections and predicted a close fight between the grand old party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Hindi Heartland states of Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, regions considered a bastion of the BJP.
In Telangana, K Chandrashekar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) appeared to have a clear majority, fighting off a challenge from the Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) alliance. And Despite BJP’s considerable gains in the North East, polls predicted an upper hand for the Mizo National Front’s (MNF) in a two-way fight with Congress in Mizoram.
If the preliminary numbers and predictions are to be believed, the Assembly election results in the five states represent bad news for the saffron party, especially with the Lok Sabha elections looming large. For the Congress, on the other hand, a near-certain win in Rajasthan, coupled with a chance to overthrow Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Raman Singh in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh respectively, could signal their fortunes changing for the better.