It should be made official, the year 2014 is Bhartiya Janata Party’s and, more specifically, Narendra Modi’s year, especially after it is predicted to win the Maharashtra Assembly Elections and become the single largest party by winning around 117-131 seats in the 288 seat assembly. Although some exit polls point out that the party might not cross the majority mark on its own, predicting a hung assembly if there are no post-poll alliances. The Shiv Sena will be second with 66-77 seats and Congress third with 30-40 seats. The NCP could be behind its former ally with 24-34 seats. The MNS will be the worst performing party with 4-10 seats, making Raj Thackeray’s life more difficult. Other parties and independents could win just 18-26 seats. This has been predicted by the India Today – Cicero Exit Poll.

Another exit polls predicted the BJP to come out as the single largest party in Maharashtra with 129 votes, although it would be falling short of the majority mark of 145 in the 288 seat legislative assembly. Its former ally, the Shiv Sena, will be the second largest party with 56 seats. The Congress and NCP is poised to be third and fourth in the state with 43 and 36 seats respectively according to the Exit Poll by Times Now and CVoter. The Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena will win just 12 seats while the rest of the 12 will be won by Independents and Other parties together. (Read: Exit Polls 2014 Assembly Elections in Maharashtra, Haryana: Twitter goes abuzz after voting ends)

Party

2009

2014 (acc to Exit Poll)

Congress

82

43

BJP

46

129

Shiv Sena

44

56

NCP

62

36

MNS

13

12

Others

41

12

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is about to repeat its Lok Sabha feat in Maharashtra by crossing the majority mark by winning 151 seats on its own, according to exit polls. The Shiv Sena will be the second largest party with 71 seats while the Congress will win only 27 seats, down from 82 in 2009. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) of Sharad Pawar will win just 28. The survery by News24 and Today’s Chanakya pegs other parties and independents, which includes Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), to collectively win 11 seats in the 288 seat assembly.

PARTY

2014

2009 (acc to Exit Poll)

BJP

151

46

Shiv Sena

71

44

Congress

27

82

NCP

28

62

MNS

13

Others

11

41

The Bhartiya Janata Party is poised to come out as the single largest party in the Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014 with a total of 144 seats for BJP and its allies while Shiv Sena will be the second largest party with 77 votes, according to the exit poll by ABP News-Nielsen. So, it is predicted that the BJP could come to power with a wafer thing majority if can get the support from at least one MLA but forming a stable government none-the-less. Congress will win 30 seats, while its former ally NCP could win 29 seats according to the survey. MNS could win just 3 seats while the rest of the five will be shared by other parties and independents.

According to ABP-Nielsen Exit poll as per voting till 3 PM following is the projected party position:

PARTY

2014 (acc to Exit Poll)

2009

Shiv Sena (SS)

77

44

BJP

144

46

Congress

30

82

NCP

29

62

MNS

3

13

Others

5

41

It is a historic election for Maharashtra. With voters generally having only two, or after 2009 – three with MNS being the other, choices in every elections were limited. The split in the two major alliances, Congress-NCP and BJP-Shiv Sena has resulted in four or at times even five choices. If there aren’t any strong post-poll alliances then the state could be destined to have a hung legislative assembly. But this has also put a lot of reputations at stake, right from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his wave to the resurgent Raj Thackeray and his cadre.

It will also give clues about the future of Uddhav Thackeray and Vidarbha supremo Sharad Pawar while it could be a huge morale booster for Congress after its drubbing in the Lok Sabha. as their parties take part in the firece five-way contest. This election might not be as dull as the others. (Read: Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2014: Polling picks up in state as Voter Turnout reaches 46 percent)

Voter turnouts though hardly seem to mirror the change. Most voters have chosen to stay at home in Maharashtra. After polling started the voter turnout reached just 11 percent at 11am in Maharashtra. But as the day progressed people started coming in to vote. The figure reached 46 percent at 3:30pm and was 56% when polling ended.