As voting for Kerala assembly polls ended Monday evening, exit polls have predicted that the CPM-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) would make much gains in the state.
India Today-Axiz Y survey has predicted 88 to 101 seats for the LDF. The survey said the ruling United Democratic Front (UDF), led by Congress, will gain 38 to 48 seats. BJP may get 0 to 3 seats, the exit poll stated. The survey predicts 1-4 seats for others.
The exit poll also predicted defeat for top UDF leaders including ministers. Bar bribery scam-hit K.M. Mani and K. Babu would lose in Pala and Thrippunithura constituencies respectively, the survey added. Ministers M.K. Muneer, K.P. Mohanan and V.K. Ebrahimkunju would also suffer defeat, it said.
Former Kerala Congress (M) leader P.C. George, who broke away from UDF and contested as independent candidate from Poonjar constituency, would win, the survey added.
Times Now-C voter survey also predicted advantage for LDF with the front winning 74-82 seats. The survey predicts 54-62 seats for UDF and 0-4 seats for both BJP and others.
News X-Today's Chanakya survey also forecasts that LDF would return to power in Kerala. As many as 49 per cent voters wish for a change in governance in the state, the survey added.
Interestingly, one of the exit polls predicted a hung assembly in the state. A survey carried out by News Nation said that LDF would get 70 seats while UDF would win in 69 seats, leading to a hung assembly. BJP will get one seat in the polls, the survey added. The result of elections in the state will be out on May 19, this Thursday.