Bhubaneswar: With major political parties waiting for the results of the general elections on May 23, all eyes are set on the exit polls for an early indication of the results. News18 exit poll is being conducted by IPSOS which selected 199 out of 543 parliamentary constituencies across 28 states of India to envisage the number of seats likely to be won by each of the contesting political parties (or alliances).
Within the parliamentary constituencies, 796 assembly constituencies were selected, and then 4776 individual polling station areas were selected for conducting interviews. In each polling station, around 25 voters were randomly selected depending on the terrain and voter turnouts in that particular polling station. Total 1,21,542 voters were interviewed from 199 parliamentary constituency.
The News18 IPSOS exit polls has predicted 336 seats for the NDA, with BJP alone to cross the majority mark and win 276 and allies making up the rest 60 seats. The UPA as it may secure 82 seats, with Congress taking away 46 seats and its allies are expected to secure 36 seats. The other political parties will bag a total of 124 seats.
While it will be an acid test for Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his ruling Biju Janata Dal in Odisha, the exit poll has predicted that the regional party will bag 12-14 seats, BJP 6-8 seats and UPA 1-2 seats.