New Delhi/Nagpur: The electoral battle got underway in five states including Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam and Puducherry. The polls came to an end on May 16, 2016 and polling was held for 232 Assembly seats in Tamil Nadu, 140 in Kerala and 30 in Puducherry today. All party leaders seem to be eagerly waiting for May 19, 2016 when the counting is slated to begin.
It is predicted that the ruling Trinamool Congress led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will retain power in West Bengal with a slightly reduced majority based on the two exit polls on Monday evening May 16, 2016.
ABP Ananda predicted that the Trinamool was poised to get 178 of the 294 seats — it had 184 in the outgoing assembly — while the Left-Congress combine would get 110. The BJP would get one seat while others would bag five seats.
C-Voter predicted 167 seats for the Trinamool, 75 for the Left, 45 for the Congress, four to the BJP and three to others.