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Mamata Banerjee Has Edge, DMK In Tamil Nadu, Left Wins Kerala: Exit Polls

Mamata Banerjee Has Edge, DMK In Tamil Nadu, Left Wins Kerala: Exit Polls

An aggregate of six exit polls predicts that Mamata Banerjee will make it past the half-way mark. (FILE)

New Delhi:

Mamata Banerjee is set to keep Bengal, with her Trinamool Congress winning 156 of the state's 294 seats, but the BJP will score a strong 121 seats, says's poll of exit polls on state elections that were held in the shadow of a steep rise in Covid cases across the country.

An aggregate of six exit polls predicts that Mamata Banerjee will make it past the half-way mark, enough to win a third straight term. However, the BJP's projected tally is significant in a state where it had so far been an outlier.

After a series of defections before the elections, the Chief Minister has to widen her gap with the BJP for a comfortable victory, the polls suggest.

The Congress is staring at disappointment in Assam, the exit polls suggest, with the BJP expected to retain power by winning 72 of 126 seats. The Congress, which campaigned aggressively to win back its former bastion, is likely to win 53 seats, say the polls.

In Kerala, the incumbent Left-led LDF front is likely to retain power with 88 of 140 seats in the bag and the Congress-led UDF will be a distant second with 50 seats, the polls say. The BJP is set to make its presence felt with two seats, the poll of polls says.

For Tamil Nadu, the polls predict a sweep for the opposition DMK and its allies; they are likely to win a staggering 171 of 234 seats, the polls say. The ruling AIADMK -- the BJP's ally – will finish with 59 seats in its first state election since the death of its charismatic leader J Jayalalithaa in 2016, say the exit polls.

Elections were held from March 27 in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry. Bengal's record eight-phase polls ended today. The results will be announced on May 2.