Mumbai, Feb 21: The exit poll survey released by India Today-Axis-My-India poll after the end of polling for Asia’s richest Municipal Corporation indicates a tough fight between friends turned rival Shiv Sena and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). According to the India Today-Axis-My-India survey, Shiv Sena and BJP may receive an equal percent of vote share in Mumbai, where the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was contested.

The exit poll projects Shiv Sena and BJP to get 32 percent poll share whereas Congress is expected to get 16 percent of the votes, followed by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which is projected to hold o to 8 per cent of the electorate. Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is expected to retain only 4 per cent of vote pie.

The survey projects Shiv Sena to emerge as the largest party in the state with the party to in 86-92 seats. BJP is predicted to be the main gainer in the city with the survey projecting the party to emerge victorious in 80-88 seats compared to 31 seats won by the party in 2012 elections. Facing feud within its own party members, Congress is expected to win 30-34 seats out of the 227 seats compared to 52 seats won by the party in 2012. Raj Thackeray’s MNS is projected to win 5-7 seats and Sharad Pawar’s NCP is projected to grab 3-6 seats compared to 28 and 13 seats won by these parties in 2012 respectively.

PartiesVote share percentageIndia Today- Axis-My-India exit poll projection
BJP3286-92
Shiv Sena3280-88
Congress1630-34
NCP43-6
MNS85-7
Samajwadi Party32-4
Others55-7

Higher voter turnover

Polling in BMC was held on Tuesday and compared to 2012 civic elections, where 45.3 per cent polling was recorded, the polling percentage in the 2017 Mumbai civic elections has risen to 55 percent in the polls.

Hung assembly or alliance between Sena-BJP?

Considering the India Today-Axis-My-India exit poll, if an alliance is to be formed in BMC, an alliance between Sena and BJP is the only solution and there can’t be any government formed in the city without the alliance between the two parties.

The rise of Devendra Fadnavis

The India Today-Axis-My-India exit poll indicates the rise of Devendra Fadnavis in BMC. After ending the alliance with Shiv Sena, Devendra Fadnavis took the sole responsibility of campaigning for BMC and if the results of the exit polls are to be believed, Devendra Fadnavis was successful to gain confidence among the voters of the city single-handedly. The exit poll indicates Fadnavis as the urban leader of Nagpur who is capable of leading the party in Mumbai elections.