Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 14:
The ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha may not fare badly in the Lok Sabha polls and is likely to bag as many as 13 seats, an NDTV exit poll survey said this evening.
NDTV’s exit poll shows that the BJP is set to win five of the 21 Lok Sabha seats in Odisha, where it had scored a duck in the 2009 election.
The party has apparently made big gains at the cost of the Congress, which is expected to win three seats – half its previous tally – and relegated to the third place.
The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) is expected to win 13 seats, a seat less than 2009, the exit poll results showed.
” Mr Patnaik insists that he is equidistant from the Congress and the BJP, but his party today indicated that he may not be averse to doing business with his old ally, the BJP”, the NDTV report said.
” Sources say it comes from the realisation that his anti-Modi stance may have cost him votes in the national and state elections. Mr Modi’s rallies in western and southern Odisha drew impressive crowds,” it added.
The NDTV exit poll also says BJD has gained in terms of vote share and accounted for 38% as against 37% in 2009. The BJP vote share, it says, has galloped from 17% to 28 % while that of the Congress had dipped to 24% , a 9% fall since 2008.