The exit polls which were released on Thursday predicted a landslide victory for the DMK-Congress-Left alliance with some predicting a complete rout of the ruling AIADMK.
AIADMK went into the Assembly elections for the first time without its stalwart leader late J Jayalalithaa. If the exit polls hold, the DMK alliance, led by M K Stalin (after the death of its patriarch M Karunanidhi), will be returning to power in the state after a decade.
In Assam, the pollsters predicted the ruling BJP to have an edge over the Congress-AIUDF opposition alliance. The BJP had snatched power from the Congress in Assam for the first time in 2016.
In Kerala, almost all polls predicted the ruling CPI(M)-led Left front to buck the four decade political trend of the incumbent being voted out of power.
An aggregate of six exit polls predicts that Mamata Banerjee may just make it to the majority mark but her comfort factor will largely depend on how much she can widen the gap with challenger BJP after a series of defections before elections. The BJP’s projected tally is significant in a state where it has so far been an outlier.