The exit poll for assembly elections held in five states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram predict a neck-to-neck competition between BJP and Congress, suggesting a reality check for BJP and a hope for Congress ahead of the general elections within few months.

The assembly election in five of the states are considered to be the semi-final that predicts the final outcome of the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The exit poll for all five states are out and they predict tough competition but worrying outcomes for BJP in three of the heartland states where it is ruling – Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. As per most exit polls, there will be a tight neck to neck competition between BJP and Congress in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh; while the Congress was given a clear edge in Rajasthan.

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Telangana exit polls suggest that sitting CM Chandrashekhar Rao’s party Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has a clear comfortable win, defeating the alliance of Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP). And again for Mizoram, a tight competition between Congress and regional party Mizo National Front (MNF) with the latter leading is predicted, while BJP might not gain any seats in the state. The exit polls were released as the polling rounds just ended in Rajasthan and Telangana at 5 pm yesterday, while the other three states voted back in November.

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All in all, the exit poll suggest an end to the winning streak for BJP, even in some of its strongly held states like Rajasthan. If the exit polls turn out to be true, the outcomes are a worrisome factor for the centrally incumbent party, just a few months ahead of the general elections. While the saffron party continues to exude optimism about outcomes of next tenure, they might soon need to rethink about the strategies to be undertaken to re-reign in Delhi. But before anyone starts celebrating or obscuring, the exit poll often get it wrong and the results will be known after counting is complete on December 11th.

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