New Delhi, Dec 17: Narendra Modi-led BJP is poised to retain power in Gujarat but with a reduced majority losing some ground in Sunday`s second phase of polls in Northern and Central parts which was worst hit by 2002 communal riots, according to exit polls by four TV channels.
With the winning party required to get the magical 92 mark in a House of 182, the NDTV exit poll projected that BJP will win between 90 and 110. BJP had won 127 seats in 2002.
The Congress` share was put at somewhere between 70 and 95 with others three to five.
The CNN-IBN-CSDS exit poll gave BJP 92 to 100 seats with Congress notching somewhere between 77 and 85. Others were given three to seven seats.
The exit poll of Star News-Nielsen Exit poll saw BJP getting 103, losing about 24 seats of which a loss of 18 is in today`s phase in Central and Northern Gujarat. In the 2002 elections in these regions, the party had swept winning 73 of the 95 seats at stake.
The Congress party may get 76 seats, a gain of 25 seats, it said.
Zee News and C-Voter projected BJP getting 93 to 104 seats followed by Congress at 75 to 87 seats.
It gave saffron party a total vote share of about 48 per cent and Congress 45 per cent while the Star News exit poll projected that BJP will get 46.5 per cent votes while for Congress it will be 43.5 per cent.
In today`s phase, the Star News exit poll projected BJP getting 55 seats and Congress 39. The BJP and Congress had got 73 and 21 respectively in 2002.
The CNN-IBN exit poll gave Congress an edge in Central Gujarat and a near cake-walk for BJP in North Gujarat.