New Delhi: The Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress is set to return to power in West Bengal for a third consecutive term by bagging 152-64 seats in the 294-seat Assembly, predicted ABP-C-Voter exit poll survey on Thursday. In the 2016 Assembly elections, the Trinamool had won 211 seats, the BJP had secured 3 seats while the Left-Congress combine had cornered 76 seats. Meanwhile, most of the exit polls predicted a clear majority for NDA in Assam. As per the India Today-Axis My India voter survey, the NDA is projected to bag 75-80 seats in the 126-member Assembly. On the other hand in Kerala, the Left alliance is expected to form a government, predicted ABP News C-Voter, Axis My India as well as Jan Ki Baat. For Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, pollsters predict a big win for MK Stalin-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and NDA respectively.Also Read - Pinarayi Vijayan To Retain Power With Thumping Win In Kerala, Predict Exit Polls
The post-poll predictions were released after 7 PM, as the eighth and final phase of polling in West Bengal concluded. A post-voting survey conducted soon after a voter walks out after casting his/her vote is known as an exit poll. It aims at predicting the result based on the information collected from voters. They are conducted by a number of organizations. Sampling is the basic step to predict exit polls. The exact results for the Assembly elections in 4 states and UT Puducherry will be declared on May 2. Notably, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, and Kerala went to the polls in a single phase on April 6. In West Bengal, polling was held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. In Assam polling took place in three phases from March 27 to April 6.
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