Elections End In 5 States, Eyes On Poll Of Exit Polls

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The seventh and final phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh concluded today and with this, the assembly elections in the five states – Punjab, Goa, Uttarakhand, Manipur, and Uttar Pradesh – has also ended. While the counting of votes is on May 10, all eyes are now on the exit polls.

The UP polls – spanned over a period of two months – saw a high-octane campaign by the political parties and a fierce battle between Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party and the ruling BJP – which is seeking to override anti-incumbency.

In Punjab, the Congress-led by Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi is eyeing a second consecutive term in power, the big challenger is Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Uttarakhand elections witnessed a three-pronged contest with the ruling BJP, Congress, and Aam Aadmi Party vying for power in the 70-seat assembly.

The Goa Assembly polls were held in a single phase this time and all 40 constituencies voted the same day. Goa registered a very high voter turnout averaging around 80 percent.

Manipur voted in two phases – on February 27 and March 3 – as the elections were held for the 60-member state assembly.

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