Hung assembly, Samajwadi Party to be largest party: Exit polls (Lead)

March 3rd, 2012 - 8:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Bahujan Samaj Party New Delhi, March 3 (IANS) The Samajwadi Party will emerge as the single largest party in Uttar Pradesh but India’s most populous state will have a hung assembly, exit polls after the final round of voting in the seven-phase assembly elections in the state predicted Saturday.

Star News-Nielsen Exit poll predicts a hung assembly in the assembly elections. The poll predicts Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party to be the single largest party with a tally of 160 in the 403-seat house, and 26 percent vote share.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is predicted to get just 86 seats with 24 percent vote share, indicating a disillusionment with Chief Minister Mayawati.

According to Star News-Nielsen Exit poll, the Bharatiya Janata Party will be the third largest party in the state with a tally of 80 seats, just six seats less than the ruling BSP. The BJP will garner a vote share of 18 percent.

Buoyed by Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s extensive campaigning, the Congress is predicted to more than double its figure of 22 in 2007 to 58 this time. The Congress’s ally, Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) is expected to win 12 seats.

The India TV-C voter exit poll shows the SP emerging as the single largest party with 141 seats followed by the BSP at 126. The Congress, according to the India TV poll, is predicted to get only 36 seats and the BJP will do much better with 83 seats.

According to another exit poll conducted by News 24-Chanakya, the SP will grab 185 seats, falling 17-seat short of a simple majority in the 403-member assembly. The BSP will get only 85 seats, followed by the BJP and Congress with 55 seats each.

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