Advantage NDA in Puducherry, Cong-DMK to Lag Behind: Exit Polls

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The NDA, comprising the All India NR Congress (AINRC), BJP and AIADMK, is projected to form the government with 21 out of 30 seats in the Union Territory of Puducherry, according to the CVoter exit poll data released on Thursday, 29 April.

Meanwhile, the Republic-CNX exit poll has predicted a narrow advantage for the NDA with 16-20 seats.

21 Seats for NDA, 8 Seats for UPA in Puducherry: CVoter

According to the CVoter exit poll data, the NDA is expected to get 21 seats in the 30-seat Puducherry Assembly. The UPA, including the Congress and DMK, is projected to get only eight seats, while one seat is expected to be won by 'Others'.

As far the vote share is concerned, the NDA is expected to garner 47.1 percent of the votes, the UPA 34.2 percent and Others 18.7 percent.

Narrow Advantage for NDA: Republic-CNX

Meanwhile, the Republic-CNX exit poll has projected 16-20 seats for the NDA, followed by 11-13 seats for the Congress-DMK led alliance, and zero seats for Others.

Looking at the breakdown party-wise, the poll has projected 3-5 seats for BJP, 2-4 for AIADMK and 10-12 for AINRC under NDA. Meanwhile, Congress is expected to win 5-7 seats, and the DMK too 5-7 seats, as per the poll.

Political Equations in Puducherry

With the last phase of polling in West Bengal concluding on Thursday, various agencies and news organisations released exit poll data for the four states and one Union territory that have voted over the past few weeks, including Puducherry.

Polling was held across 30 seats in Puducherry in a single phase on 6 April, along with Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Two major alliances are looking to form the government in the Union territory – the NDA and the Congress and DMK-led alliance.

The NDA is led by the All India NR Congress (AINRC), which contested from 16 seats, followed by the BJP, which contested from nine seats, and the AIADMK, which did so from five. Meanwhile, in the other camp, the Congress contested 14 seats, followed by DMK (13), while one seat each was reserved for CPI and Thol Thirumavalavan's VCK.

Weeks before the elections were held in Puducherry, the Congress-led government had collapsed, after having failed to prove its majority in the Assembly, and President's rule was imposed in the Union territory.

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