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07/12/2018 7:43 PM IST | Updated 07/12/2018 8:30 PM IST

Advantage Congress As Three Exit Polls Predict Its Win In Chhattisgarh, Two Give BJP The Lead

BJP's Raman Singh has been Chief Minister of the state since 2003.

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Chief Minister Raman Singh in a file photo.

Exit polls published on Friday after voting ended in the five-state assembly elections don't give a clear answer over who will win Chhattisgarh, with two predicting a win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and two other polls predicting a win for the Congress.

BJP's Raman Singh has been Chief Minister of the state since 2003. Chhattisgarh has 91 seats in the assembly, with the halfway mark at 46. In 2013, the BJP won 49 seats, the Congress 39 seats, BSP 1 seat and 'others' 1 seat.

Of the five surveys that have announced their numbers till now, three predict majority for the Congress and two for the BJP.

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Today's Chanakya predicted that the Congress is likely to win 50 ± 8 seats, BJP 36 ± 8 seats and others 4 ± 3 seats.

India Today-My Axis India predicted a clear majority for the Congress, giving it 55-65 seats. The BJP is likely to get 21-31 seats and others 4-8 seats.

Republic-C Voter exit poll gave Congress the edge with 46 seats, BJP 39 seats and others 5 seats.

However, the exit poll carried out by Times Now-CNX predicts that BJP will cross the halfway mark, winning 46 seats. It says that the Congress will win 35 seats, BSP 7 and others 2 seats.

ABP Lokniti-CSDS also predicted a BJP victory, with the party projected to get 52 seats. It said the Congress will win 35 seats and others 3 seats.

Exit polls for Madhya Pradesh say the BJP is facing uncertainty, while Telangana Rashtra Samithi is expected to retain Telangana.