The Congress, which had won four seats, will be restricted to two seats, according to all the five exit polls. The Left Front, which bagged two seats in 2014, is either going to lose both (according to India News
Polstrat, Republic-CVoter, and ABP-Nielsen) or might hold on to just one seat (Times Now-VMR and Sudarshan News’s prediction).
If the exit poll results are even close to the final results, then the BJP
has emerged as a real challenger to the TMC
in Bengal. The BJP
had been steadily increasing its vote share in West Bengal
In the 2011 Assembly elections, the BJP
had just 4 per cent vote share. This climbed to 17 per cent in 2014 on the back of a wave for Narendra Modi. In 2016, however, the saffron party's share of votes fell to 10.16 per cent.
was part of the BJP's ‘focus east’ strategy. With 42 seats, the third-largest state became an obvious target.
In the run-up to the elections, BJP President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi held numerous rallies in the state. Modi held at least 17 rallies —second only to Uttar Pradesh. The election battle might be remembered for the war of words between Modi and Mamata, but the rise of the BJP in Bengal seems to be inevitable according to the exit polls.