As the anticipation builds in the heartland states of India, exit polls are painting a dynamic political landscape ahead of the election results. The predictions suggest a two out of three victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the heartland, with Congress securing one state. In Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel is poised for a second term, with exit polls indicating Congress winning 40-50 seats out of 90. Jan Ki Baat predicts 34-45 seats for the BJP, while the majority mark stands at 46.
Madhya Pradesh, a state with political unpredictability, sees varied projections. Jan Ki Baat leans towards the BJP with 100-123 seats, Republic TV-Matrize suggests 118 to 116 seats, and TV 9 Bharatvarsh-Polstrat estimates 106-116 seats for the BJP. The Congress, which won in 2018 but faced a government collapse, is on the edge, with only one poll suggesting it might reach the halfway mark in the 230-seat state.
Rajasthan, known for consistently voting out the incumbent since the '90s, appears to be continuing the trend. Two out of three exit polls predict a clear victory for the BJP, while a third hints at a slim margin. The electoral landscape seems to be shifting in favor of the BJP in this historically competitive state.
However, the most significant upset might be in Telangana, where K Chandrasekhar Rao's Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) has held power since the state's inception in 2014. Three exit polls unanimously suggest Congress replacing BRS in this election, with a fourth also favoring Congress. This potential change in leadership after nearly a decade adds a layer of intrigue to the electoral dynamics.
As the nation awaits the counting of votes on Sunday, the diverse political scenarios in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Telangana promise an eventful and closely watched election outcome in the heartland states. The results will not only shape the political landscape in these regions but also have broader implications for the national political narrative.