Mayawati, Akhilesh meet day after exit poll projections

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav held a meeting at the latter’s residence in Lucknow on Monday. This comes the day after the exit polls were released.

Sunday evening saw the calculation of the exit poll projections from various sources and most of them placing the NDA at the top of the list and followed by the SP-BSP alliance in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

As part of the alliance agreement, the BSP had contested 38 seats and the SP 37 seats leaving 3 for a smaller RLD while deciding not to field any candidate in Rae Bareli and Amethi, the stronghold of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi respectively.

The meeting between the SP and BSP bosses on Monday came a day after exit polls projected 300 plus seats for the NDA in the 17th Lok Sabha. The exit polls showed the mahagatbandhan wresting several seats from the BJP in Uttar Pradesh where the saffron party had won 71 of the 80 seats.

Some exit polls predicted that the SP-BSP alliance is likely to trump the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. The C Voter-Republic forecast gave the grand alliance in UP 40 seats against 38 for the NDA, while the Jan Ki Baat said the NDA may win 46-57 seats against 15-29 of the SP-BSP combine. ABP News predicted a huge loss for the BJP in the state, saying it may get only 22 seats while the opposition alliance may emerge victorious in 56 constituencies. Uttar Pradesh is a politically crucial state as it has 80 Lok Sabha seats.

With inputs from PTI.

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