Voters standing in the queue to cast their votes at a polling booth in Uttar Pradesh. PTI
Exit Poll Results 2022 LATEST Updates: Exit polls on CNN News 18, Times Now, India Today, Republic TV, News 24 and News X channels showed the BJP may win 240-plus of Uttar Pradesh' 403 Assembly seats. Its main challenger SP-led alliance may win 130-plus seats.
Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party AAP will sweep Punjab and BJP will retain power in Uttar Pradesh, exit polls predicted on Monday after the end of voting for UP Assembly elections, seen to be the semi-final ahead of the 2024 national polls.
According to Matrize, BJP and allied parties will get 262-277 out of 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh. SP and its allied parties will win 140 while BSP will get 17. The majority mark in UP is 202.
According to India Today Axis My India, In Punjab, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will win in 76 to 90 seats, while the Congress will win in 19 to 32 seats, and SAD+ 7-11, BJP+ 1-4.
In Uttar Pradesh, the Assembly election will be a test of the incumbent Yogi Adityanath government, which was slammed by the Opposition over issues, including Covid-19, law and order and economy during campaigns.
After the seventh and final phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh concludes by 6 pm, the Assembly elections in five states - Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur will come to an end on Monday.
The poll results will be announced on 10 March.
While voters have to wait for three more days to know whether the BJP can retain its power in Uttar Pradesh, whether Congress could live up to its poll promises in Punjab, or where is Goa's defection headed and could AAP would witness a sudden rise, all eyes will be on the exit polls, which would begin from 6.30 pm, to see how the high-stakes battles on D-Day might play out.
What is an Exit Poll
Exit poll is a survey that predicts the likely outcome of election results. Through random or systematic sampling methods, media organisations predict the election results. The survey is done by posing questions to voters outside the polling booths. Voters are generally asked which party they voted for and why. Media organisations collect all the samples and decode the political trend to predict which candidate will be selected.
When and Where to Watch Exit Polls for 2022 Assembly Elections
The Election Commission of India had earlier prohibited media organisations from sharing exit polls till 7 March. EC has allowed the release of exit polls only after the final phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh is completed. Exit poll results will be available from today, 7 March from 6.30 pm onwards.
Viewers can check exit poll results by tuning in to multiple news channels. One can also check live streaming of exit polls through their smartphones on the official YouTube page of prominent news channels.
Channels such as CNN-News 18 and India Today will also stream exit poll results. LIVE Updates and coverage of various exit polls can also be checked on FirstPost.
Agencies such as Today’s Chanakya, CVoter and MyAxis India are also reliable sources that typically conduct exit polls and viewers can check results on these also.