New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Early trends in the counting of votes show massive gains for the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance in Maharashtra and a comfortable lead for the saffron party in Haryana.

Early trends suggested that the ruling BJP-Shiv Sena combine cruised past the majority mark in Maharashtra. Currently, the BJP-Shiv Sena combine is leading on 176 seats in Maharashtra while the Congress-NCP alliance is ahead on 80 seats. The half-way mark in the 288-seat assembly is 145.

However, in Haryana, the Congress seems to be giving the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP a tough fight. Inital trends suggest that neither the BJP, nor the Congress will reach the majority mark and in that case, Dushyant Chautala's Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) is likely to play kingmaker.  

Trends show the BJP leading on 42 seats in the 90-seat assembly in Haryana while the Congress not far behind with 29 seats. The majority mark is 46 in Haryana. 

The trends fall in line with the exit poll predictions which have projected a dominating victory for the saffron party in the state.  

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Exit polls have predicted a clean sweep for the BJP-Shiv Sena combine in Maharashtra and a comfortable victory for the saffron party in Haryana. The exit polls show that the BJP will manage to defy the anti-incumbency factor, riding the vibrant ‘Modi wave’.

Poll of polls had predicted that the BJP will win 203-204 seats in the 288-seat assembly in Maharashtra and 67-68 seats in the 90-seat assembly in Haryana. But, India Today-Axis My India had predicted a close fight between the BJP and Congress in Haryana.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta