Kolkata | Jagran Politics Desk: Ending months of deliberations, the exit polls on Thursday predicted a hung assembly in West Bengal with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) getting a knife-edge over Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC). On the other hand, it would be a distant dream for the Congress-Left alliance to form the government in West Bengal as its dismal show in the state will continue.

According to the poll of polls, the BJP will likely get around 140.5 seats while the TMC will win 139.6 seats. Meanwhile, the Congress-Left alliance will win 13.1 seats.

The poll of polls is an average of exit polls done by various agencies along with media houses. In this case, the numbers predicted by India TV C-Voter, India Today-Axis My India, Republic Jan Ki Baat, ABP C-Voter and Times Now-C Voter.

* India TV C-Voter -- BJP: 173-192; TMC: 64-88; Left-Congress alliance: 7-12

* India Today-Axis My India -- BJP: 134-160; TMC: 130-156; Left-Congress alliance: 0-3

* Republic Jan Ki Baat -- BJP: 138-148; TMC: 126-136; Left-Congress alliance: 11-21

* ABP C-Voter -- BJP: 115; TMC: 158; Left-Congress alliance: 19

* Times Now-C Voter -- BJP: 109-121; TMC: 152-164; Left-Congress alliance: 14-25

The assembly elections in West Bengal, which were held in eight phases, had caught the eyes of all political experts. TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, who is seeking a third straight term, had claimed that she will win the polls while the BJP will be wiped out from the state.

On the other hand, the BJP, which is banking on the Modi wave, is buoyed by its success in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and is hoping to form its government in West Bengal for the first time since independence. The BJP is also buoyed by the fact that several TMC leaders, including Mamata Banerjee's right-hand man Suvendu Adhikari, have joined it ahead of the polling.

The results will be declared by the election commission on May 2.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma