Bengal Exit Poll LIVE Updates: The marathon eight-phase assembly elections in West Bengal is over and now all eyes are on May 2 when the votes will be counted. The over month-long elections in Bengal witnessed high-pitched and acerbic campaigning from both the ruling Trinamool Congress and the prime challenger Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). While top leaders of the BJP, including PM Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, have repeatedly express confidence of the saffron party winning more than 200 seats, CM Mamata Banerjee has also exuded confidence of retaining power in the state where her TMC had dethroned the Left in 2011 for the first time. The campaigning and polling for 294-seat Bengal assembly elections witnessed several violent incidents, including one in Sitalkuchi, Cooch Behar in which five people were killed after CISF personnel opened fire on a violent crowd. The central security force had said that it was forced to fire in 'self defence'. While the BJP went into the polls without any CM face banking on the popularity of PM Modi, Amit Shah and other senior leaders, Mamata led the TMC from the front in the campaigning hoping to get a record third term as West Bengal's CM. Will the BJP be able to demolish TMC's 'Bengal fort' or Mamata put an end to the saffron party's juggernaut? Here's what India TV-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll predicted.
Bengal Exit Poll: Key Takeaways
- According to India TV-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll consolidated prediction of all eight phases, BJP is likely to dethrone Mamata Banerjee-led TMC in West Bengal. The saffron party may bag somewhere near 173-192 seats, easily crossing the majority figure, restricting TMC to 64-88 seats.
Eighth phase prediction
- As per the India TV-Pepoles Pulse Exit Poll, the BJP is likely to win 12-14 seats, TMC 10-15 seats, Congress, Left, Other 5-6 seats. Polling in this phase was held on 35 seats.
Seventh phase prediction
- India TV-Pepoles Pulse Exit Poll prediction says BJP may get 13-16 seats, TMC may gain with 14-16, Congress may bag 1-2 seats in the seventh phase. Polling was held on 36 seats.
Sixth phase prediction
- In the sixth phase, polling was held on 43 seats. Going by the India TV-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll prediction, BJP may get 24-25 seats, TMC may win 12-17 and Congress 1 seat.
Firth phase prediction
- According to India TV-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll prediction, BJP may win 32-36 seats, TMC may bag 3-8 seats, Congress just one seat in the fifth phase. Polling was held on 45 seats.
Fourth phase prediction
- BJP may continue to maintain its lead in fourth phase too with respect to the TMC. The saffron party may bag 25-30 seats, TMC may win 11-13, Congress 1 seat, according to India TV-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll predictions. Polling was held on 44 out of 292 seats in the fourth phase.
Third phase prediction
- According to India TV-Peoples Pulse Exit poll, BJP may win 16-19 seats while TMC may bag 10-12 in the third phase of assembly election. However, Congress, others may not be able to win even a single seat. Polling was held on 31 out of 292 seats in the third phase.
Second phase prediction
- The BJP may win 28 seats in the second phase of Bengal Assembly Election while TMC may just get around 2 seats, whereas, Congress and other parties again may not be able to open their account. Polling was held on 30 out of 292 seats in the second phase.
First phase prediction
- According to India TV-Peoples Pulse Exit Poll prediction, BJP may win 24-27 seats, while TMC may get 3-6 seats whereas Congress and others are unliley to open their account in the first phase of Bengal elections. Polling was held on 30 out of 292 seats in the first phase.
- The political fate of 283 candidates in 35 assembly constituencies was locked in the EVMs in the last phase of polls held amid a raging second wave of COVID-19.
- Voting for the eight and final phase of Bengal Assembly elections concluded on Thursday, April 29.
- Voting for 294-seat West Bengal Assembly was held in eight phases. The first phase voting was held on March 27, followed by the subsequent phases on April 1, 6, 10, 17, 22, 26 and 29 respectively.