The seventh and final phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh has concluded today, marking the end of parliamentary elections in the five states – Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh. As the vote count takes place on May 10, all eyes are now on the exit polls.
The UP polls — spanning two months — saw a high-octane campaign from the political parties and a fierce battle between Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi party and the ruling BJP — seeking to overturn the anti-incumbency.
In Punjab, the Congress led by Prime Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is looking forward to a second consecutive term in office. The big challenger is Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
The elections in Uttarakhand witnessed a three-way contest with the ruling BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi party vying for power in the 70-seat assembly.
The Goa Assembly polls were held in one stage this time and all 40 constituencies voted on the same day. Goa registered a very high turnout averaging about 80 percent.
Manipur voted in two stages – on February 27 and March 3 – when elections were held for the assembly of 60 member states.
Here are the updates on the exit polls:
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