Naveen Patnaik's BJD Set to Maintain Hold Over Odisha As BJP Makes Inroads, Predict Exit Polls
The Naveen Patnaik-led Biju Janta Dal is predicted to win 12-14 seats in Odisha, with the BJP making inroads and improving its tally to six to eight, up from the solitary seat it bagged in the 2014 elections.
The BJD, which swept the state last time round and won 20 of the 21 seats, may witness a decrease in its influence, according to the News18-IPSOS exit poll. The Congress, which failed to win a single seat in 2014, is predicted to open its account this time.
On the other hand, the India Today Axis predicted the decimation of the BJD to just two to six seats, with the BJP getting 15-19 and the Congress zero or one. Times-Now VMR also predicted that the BJP would lead with 12 seats, with the BJD getting eight and the Congress just one.
Republic C-Voter predicted 11 seats for the BJD, 10 for the BJP, and none for the Congress. ABP-Nielsen predicted 12 seats for the BJD, nine for the BJP and zero for the Congress.