Lok Sabha exit polls: No Modi magic in south India except Karnataka

Exit polls suggest that the BJP failed to make electoral gains in south India

Congress supporter Kerala AFP A Congress supporter in Pathanamthitta | AFP

As the marathon Lok Sabha elections concluded on Sunday after seven phases of voting, the exit polls results suggests the comeback of Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre. However, as per most of the exit polls the BJP failed to cash in on the Modi wave in south India except in Karnataka.

According to India Today-My Axis India polls the Congress-JD(S) alliance has failed to secure its stronghold in Karnataka. The poll shows that the BJP will win 21-25 seats out of the 28 seats in Karnataka and the Congress-JD(S) securing 3-6 seats. Today's Chanakya poll shows the BJP winning 23 (±4) and the Congress-JD(S) in 5 (±4) seats.

In Tamil Nadu, the general trend suggests that the DMK-Congress combine will secure a majority. India Today-My Axis India polls shows Congress+DMK winning 34-38 seats of the total 38 and the BJP+AIADMK in 0-4 seats. Today's Chanakya polls suggest a similar trend with the DMK, Congress combine winning 31 (±4) and the AIADMK securing 6 (±4) seats.

In Kerala, the Congress seems to have gained the upper hand while the BJP failed to encash the Sabarimala issue. The Congress is said to win 15-16 seats in the state, the CPI(M) 2-4 seats and the BJP likely to open its account in the state in Lok Sabha polls. Today's Chanakya polls shows the Congress winning 16 (±3) seats, the CPI(M) 4 (±3) seats and the BJP 0 (±1) seat. Manorama News-Karvy exit polls suggest that the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) would win 13 seats out the total 20 in the state. It also says that five seats in the state would witness a photo finish and the CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) would secure three seats. 

In Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress Party is expected to sweep the LS polls by winning 18-20 seats while the Telugu Desam Party getting reduced to 2-3 seats in the state, according to India Today-My Axis India. However, Today's Chanakya shows a contrasting trend with the TDP winning 17 (±3) seats whereas the YSRCP gaining only 8 (±3) seats.

In Telangana, the exit poll data suggest that K.Chandrashekhar Rao's Telangana Rashtra Samiti still holds the fort. The TRS is likely to win 10-12 seats while both the BJP and the Congress expected to win 0-3 seats, according to India Today-My Axis India. Other exit polls like Today's Chanakya too show a similar trend with the TRS securing 14 (±2) seats, and the Congress and the BJP wining 1 (±1) seat.