As per the Election Commission, exit polls for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be printed at 7.30 pm at this time — an hour after polls shut
With West Bengal slated to carry its eight and last section of polling at this time (Thursday, 29 April) all eyes will probably be glued to the exit polls for 4 states and one Union Territory.
As per the Election Commission, exit polls for West Bengal, Assam, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry will be printed at 7.30 pm at this time (29 April, Thursday) — an hour after polls shut.
Votes will probably be counted on 2 May.
Let us take a quick take a look at how elections unfolded in every state:
The seventh section of Bengal Assembly polls on 26 April noticed a complete of 76.89 % voter turnout amid tight safety preparations and COVID-19 security protocols.
Campaigning for the section 7 was a comparatively low-key affair after the Election Commission imposed curbs within the wake of coronavirus instances within the state rising exponentially. It additionally famous that COVID security norms had been being flouted in West Bengal throughout campaigning. It additionally disallowed any public assembly with greater than 500 folks.
Banerjee, who can also be the TMC supremo and her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, who’s the social gathering MP, cancelled all their scheduled rallies and held them on the digital platform as did Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 23 April. During the bodily marketing campaign rallies, rivals TMC and BJP, vying for 294 Assembly seats, repeatedly slammed one another.
The BJP leaders of their campaigns attacked Banerjee, her nephew Abhishek alleging involvement of social gathering leaders within the Saradha and Narada tapes scams to the current allegations of siphoning of funds allotted for Amphan cyclone and the COVID-19 pandemic reduction.
The BJP leaders maintained that corruption and anarchy are prevalent in West Bengal and that the social gathering will put an finish to it after coming to energy within the state.
Top BJP leaders similar to Modi, Union house minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, social gathering president JP Nadda, Smriti Irani held a number of rallies and public conferences in numerous components of the Assembly constituencies for this section of ballot.
The single-phase Assembly election in Tamil Nadu concluded peacefully on 6 April with a voter turnout of 71.43 % as per the the EC’s voter turnout app. In phrases of districts, Karur noticed the very best polling of 83.92 % and Chennai noticed the bottom with a 55.28 % turnout.
While Palaniswami and Panneerselvam will cement their place as successors of Jayalalithaa if the AIADMK retains energy although it faces an uphill job particularly after the rout within the 2019 Lok Sabha election when the DMK-led alliance received 38 out of 39 seats. The AIADMK had scored successive wins in 2011 and in 2016 when Jayalalithaa bucked the anti-incumbency pattern — the primary by anybody in almost three a long time within the state.
After a slim defeat within the final Assembly election the place a number of exit polls had predicted his social gathering’s win, DMK chief MK Stalin spearheaded a decided election marketing campaign this time and vigorously toured the state to tackle the ruling AIADMK. He is looking for re-election for the straight third time period from the Kolathur Assembly seat whereas his son and social gathering youth wing secretary Udhayanidhi Stalin is debuting from the Chepauk-Triplicance constituency.
AIADMK ally BJP, which had not received any seat within the final pols, contested in 20 constituencies. Another AIADMK ally PMK is contested from 23 constituencies. The Congress, an ally of the DMK, was within the fray in 25 Assembly segments. Makkal Needhi Maiam, based in 2018 and led by actor-politician Kamal Haasan, tried its luck in Assembly polls for the primary time.
Assam, presently ruled by the BJP-led NDA, witnessed three-phase polling on 27 March, 1 and 6 April.
The third and last section noticed polling handed off largely peacefully however for sporadic incidents of violence and disturbances for 82.33 % turnout from 79.2 lakh electors.
The BJP, making a retain energy within the northeastern state, is dealing with the mixed problem of eight events together with the Congress and the AIUDF of perfume baron turned politician Badruddin Ajmal, who may show to be kingmaker.
The BJP and its allies AGP and UPPL contested 92 seats, 26 seats, and eight seats respectively whereas on the opposite aspect the Congress claimed 94 seats for itself, AIUDF as allotted 14, Bodoland People’s Front received 12, and Communist Party of India (Marxist) simply two.
The Rupun Sarma-led Communist Party of India (Marxist–Leninist) Liberation, Ajit Kumar Buyan’s Anchalik Gana Morcha, and RJD is contested a seat every.
Union minister Jitendra Singh earlier exuded confidence that the BJP will return to energy within the state for the second consecutive time period, saying excessive voter turnout displays pro-incumbency.
“When the results are declared on 2 May, Assam is going to send out a message loud and clear, which is going to echo across the country,” stated Singh, the Minister of State within the Prime Minister’s Office. He stated that in every of the three phases of polling, the voter turnout was constantly round 80 % and it is a “pro-incumbency” vote.
“The BJP will retain Assam for the second consecutive time. Votes cast in the polls are pro-incumbency and will help the BJP only,” he added.
Kerala’s 140 seats went to the polls in a single section on 6 April with 73.58 % of the full 2.74 crore voters exercising their franchise.
The state is keenly watching a three-way battle between the incumbent Left-led LDF, the Congress-led UDF, and the BJP.
Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan is looking for one other time period in workplace, whilst Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah campaigned extensively for the BJP. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi additionally took energetic half in the principle Opposition social gathering’s marketing campaign within the southern state.
Several heavyweight, together with senior Congress chief and former chief minister Oommen Chandy, Kerala Congress (M) chief Jose Ok Mani, a key accomplice of the CPI(M)-led LDF, two Rajya Sabha BJP MPs KJ Alphons and Suresh Gopi are within the fray from constituencies unfold throughout Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam and components of Thrissur.
Central Kerala is taken into account a stronghold of the Congress-led UDF, however the LDF put up a powerful present within the December 2020 civic polls, profitable many native physique seats.
Puducherry, where polling was also conducted in a single phase on 6 April, witnessed a turnout of 81.64 %.
The Congress-led Secular Democratic alliance is vying for energy with the AINRC-led NDA within the Union Territory which has 30 Assembly seats. While AINRC fielded candidates in 16 of the full 30 constituencies the BJP is contesting 9 seats, whereas the AIADMK is contesting 5 seats.
Yanam, the place the AINRC chief N Rangasamy is contesting, registered the next proportion of polling than different areas. The Congress fielded candidates in 14 out of the 15 seats; the nationwide social gathering supported an Independent in Yanam.
The DMK, its primary alliance accomplice, fielded candidates in 13 seats and the VCK and CPI are contested from one constituency every.
The election is seen as an important battle for each the Congress-led SDA and the NDA, as the previous makes a bid to regain energy it misplaced simply earlier than the elections. The V Narayanasamy-led Congress authorities within the UT had collapsed in February after seven MLAs resigned one after one other. Two of those MLAs later joined the BJP.
The NDA, below N Rangasamy, can also be eager to win a majority and type the federal government.