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J Jayalalitha, Mamata Banerjee lead exit polls, Mayawati staggers far behind

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 9:06pm IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

The numbers predicting the outcome of the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, have shown an encouraging trend for the matriarchs of AIADMK and Trinamool Congress.  J Jayalalitha and Mamata Banerjee continue to dominate influence over their regional political clout.

CVoter's exit polls suggest that J Jayalalitha led AIADMK will secure 27 seats in Tamil Nadu, even as arch rival DMK will experience a setback with only six seats. Neither BJP, nor Congress will be able to compete with AIADMK.

The same was affirmed by other surveys, including Times Now, which predicts 31 seats for AIADMK. According to CNN IBN, the ruling party was projected to win 22-28 of the 39 seats.

Mamata Banerjee led TMC, too, is expected to emerge a winner at the end of this battle. Despite being marred controversies, Mamata Banerjee is expected to win 27 seats out of the 42 seats from West Bengal. In comparison, the national parties Congress and BJP,  are expected to win 4 and 2 seats respectively.

And even though the CNN-IBN exit polls put some faith into the BJP's perfomance in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu where traditionally it has been weak, they do not put the numbers very high. The BJP could win 1-3 of West Bengal's 42 Lok Sabha seats., while Congress will be at 2-4, they stated.

However, the same cannot be said for Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) matriarchal leader Mayawati. As per the AC Neilsen exit polls, Mayawati will finish second with 13 seats followed by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress with 12 and 18 seats respectively. BSP will face competition from Narendra Modi's BJP that is expected to bag a majority of 46 out of 80 seats in the state.TimesNow polls too predict that BSP could only get 6 seats.

The numbers, if true, could prove to a game changer considering Mayawati, along with Mamata, have already refused to ally with the NDA. 

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