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Exit Poll Results Live: 7/7 Pollsters Predict BJP Will Come First in Uttar Pradesh | March 9, 2017, 10:45 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday hinted at an alliance with BSP's Mayawati post a hung assembly prediction in UP by the various exit polls.

Akhilesh told BBC Hindi radio that if the SP-Congress combine falls short of a majority, they won't mind joining hands with the Mayawati's BSP in a bid to keep BJP out of UP.

Nobody wants the BJP to remote control UP in case of a President's rule in the state, Yadav told BBC in an interview hours before the Exit polls results were announced by the TV channel.

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Mar 9, 2017 8:43 pm (IST)
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The Exit Poll by Today’s Chanakya has predicted 285 seats for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, well over the halfway mark of 202. The SP-Congress combine is predicted to get 88 seats, while the BSP is tipped to get 27.

Mar 9, 2017 8:11 pm (IST)

CNN-News18-Gramener projection says UP is headed towards a hung assembly with the BJP emerging as the single-largest party

Mar 9, 2017 8:02 pm (IST)
Mar 9, 2017 7:57 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ: After Exit Polls Predict a Hung House in UP, Akhilesh Hints at Alliance With BSP

Dropping a bombshell immediately after the exit poll results showed a BJP win in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in an interview to BBC Hindi hinted at forming the government with Mayawati's BSP in the state.

Mar 9, 2017 7:56 pm (IST)

Counting of votes across all five states will be held on Saturday (March 11) 

Mar 9, 2017 7:55 pm (IST)

Here’s what Akhilesh is heard saying in the interview:

Question: If you think you are taking BJP head-on in Uttar Pradesh, does it also mean that the SP could join hands with Mayawati after the results?

Akhilesh: I cannot say anything about the alliance right now because I think we are coming to power with a majority. I have always respected the leaders of the Bahujan Samaj Party. People think that we may go with the BSP, but I would like to assure you that SP-Congress alliance is coming to power with large numbers.

I still think that women, farmers, and youngsters have voted heavily for the Samajwadi Party because the BJP hasn't shown any work of its own. However, we don't know about the circumstances after results. Yes, nobody wants the President's Rule in the state… Nobody wants BJP to run the state with a remote control.

Mar 9, 2017 7:50 pm (IST)

West Bengal CM and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had reportedly spoken to Akhilesh and Mayawati, saying “secular forces” must stay united. In an interview to BBC Hindi Radio, Akhilesh has hinted at an alliance with the Maywati’s BSP to avoid President’s Rule in the state.

Mar 9, 2017 7:50 pm (IST)

Naresh also said that there was "no question of joining hands with BSP"...  "SP-Congress is a natural alliance... But one thing I must say... Nothing is impossible in politics." 

Mar 9, 2017 7:47 pm (IST)

Senior SP leader Naresh Agarwal told news agency ANI that SP-Congress alliance will come to power with a majority and rubbished all the possibilities of a grand alliance with BSP. 

Mar 9, 2017 7:36 pm (IST)

In Manipur, the halfway mark is 31. The BJP is short of this mark and is projected to get 25 seats.

Mar 9, 2017 7:35 pm (IST)

CNN-News18-Gramener Exit Poll predicts 38 seats for the BJP in Uttarakhand, just over the halfway mark of 36

Mar 9, 2017 7:33 pm (IST)

CNN-News18-Gramener Exit Poll says BJP will win 19 seats in Goa, just short of the halfway mark of 21.

Mar 9, 2017 7:31 pm (IST)

Captain Amarinder Singh confident of Congress win in Punjab. Reacting to the Exit Polls that have predicted an AAP wave the state, Amarinder Singh says he is optimistic his party would attain a clear majority with 62-65 seats. The halfway mark is 59.

Mar 9, 2017 7:27 pm (IST)
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Samajwadi Party’s CP Rai is quick to downplay his leader’s statement. “There is no alliance with the BSP. Akhilesh never said he wants any alliance with Mayawati... He has only said that UP should not come under President’s Rule,” he tells CNN-News18.

Mar 9, 2017 7:11 pm (IST)

In an audio interview with BBC Hindi Radio, Akhilesh Yadav refuses to rule out possibility of trying up with Mayawati’s BSP. “I am sure that the Samajwadi Party-Congress will form the government with majority, but if in case, things change after the polls and President’s Rule is implemented, we will not let the BJP remote control Uttar Pradesh,” the CM says. His statement comes as Exit Polls predict a hung Assembly in Uttar Pradesh with the BJP projected to emerge as the single-largest party. 

Mar 9, 2017 7:09 pm (IST)

CNN-News18-Gramener Exit Poll says Punjab is headed towards the AAP, which may fall two seats short of the halfway mark of 59. 

Mar 9, 2017 7:06 pm (IST)

CNN-News18-Gramener Exit Poll says the BJP will win 25 seats in Manipur, while the Congress will win 24. Eleven seats may go to others. The halfway mark in the state is 31.

Mar 9, 2017 6:55 pm (IST)

Here's what Congress leader Manish Tewari tweeted earlier in the day 

Mar 9, 2017 6:53 pm (IST)

Former AAP leader Yogendra Yadav says it's too early to predict an AAP wave in Punjab

Mar 9, 2017 6:52 pm (IST)

In Goa, the CNN-News18-Gramener Exit Poll predicts 19 seats for the BJP and 14 for the Congress. Debutant AAP may get six seats. The halfway mark in the costal state is 21.

Mar 9, 2017 6:49 pm (IST)

Here's a look at what the others have predicted for the coastal state of Goa

Mar 9, 2017 6:43 pm (IST)

The counting of votes across all five states will begin at 7am on Saturday (March 11)

Mar 9, 2017 6:39 pm (IST)

In Uttar Pradesh, the CNN-News18-Gramener projection says the BJP will win 193 seats, short of the 202-halfway mark. The Congress-SP alliance is tipped to get 133 seats, while the BSP is predicted to be at third spot with 67 seats. Others may get 10 seats

Mar 9, 2017 6:37 pm (IST)

Here's a look at what the others have predicted for Uttar Pradesh

Mar 9, 2017 6:35 pm (IST)

As Exit Polls predict BJP wave in Uttar Pradesh, Juhie Singh of the ruling Samajwadi Party tells CNN-News18: “UP is a very complex state, number crunching is hard. I still believe the Samajwadi Party will sail comfortably. May turn out to be a bit of a disappointment for the BJP though as they were hoping for 300+. Taking these Exit Polls with a pinch of salt… We reserve our analysis and response for March 11 (counting day),” 

Mar 9, 2017 6:32 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ: AAP May Win Punjab; Congress to Come in Close 2nd

The CNN-News18-Gramener projection shows an Aam Aadmi Party victory with 57 seats in the state out of 117, just two short of the required majority to form the government.

Mar 9, 2017 6:32 pm (IST)

Here's a look at what the others have predicted for Goa

Mar 9, 2017 6:31 pm (IST)

Congress leader RPN Singh reacts to the Exit Polls. “We are confident of winning Punjab and hope to retain Uttarakhand though it is a tight election there. In Manipur, we seem to be doing well. Uttar Pradesh is touch and go... Will give credit to Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav for keeping the focus on development,” he tells CNN-News18.

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Exit Poll Results Live: 7/7 Pollsters Predict BJP Will Come First in Uttar Pradesh
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It was billed as the big semifinal before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. It was seen as a referendum on Narendra Modi government's demonetisation decision. Assembly elections in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur were held from February 4 to March 9.

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