Exit poll: In Andhra Pradesh Lok Sabha elections, Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSRCP to win 18-20 seats

Jagan Mohan Reddy's YSR Congress party (YSRCP) is headed for a crushing victory over the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in the Lok Sabha election in Andhra Pradesh, the India Today-Axis My India exit poll shows.

The survey projects a seat share of 18-20 for the YSRCP, with a vote share of 45 per cent. Remember, there are a total of 25 Lok Sabha seats in Andhra Pradesh.

And what about the Chandrababu Naidu's TDP? The exit poll predicts that it could get between 4 and 6 seats, with a vote share of 38 per cent.

The poll suggests that neither the BJP nor the Congress, with vote shares of 3 per cent each, may both end up with zero seats.

[LIVE BLOG: Click here for live coverage of the exit poll.]

Polling in Andhra Pradesh's 25 parliamentary seats took place on April 11 in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, and was held concurrently with assembly elections.

A little over 3.93 crore voters in Andhra Pradesh were eligible to decide the fortunes of 319 candidates for the Lok Sabha seats, and 2,118 candidates for the assembly polls.

The Lok Sabha seats that voted on April 11 were Araku, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Visakhapatnam, Anakapalli, Kakinada, Amalapuram, Rajahmundry, Narasapuram, Eluru, Machilipatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, Narasaraopet, Bapatla, Ongole, Nandyal, Kurnool, Anantapur, Hindupur, Kadapa, Nellore, Tirupati, Rajampet, and Chittoor.

The schedule for seven-phase Lok Sabha election was announced by the Election Commission on March 10. Polling ended on May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.

In Andhra Pradesh, the TDP and the YSRCP were locked in a direct fight for power, while the Jana Sena of actor Pawan Kalyan made its debut in alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Left parties.

The BJP and Congress contested all seats on their own.

Chandrababu Naidu, YSRCP president YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, Pawan Kalyan, Naidu's son Nara Lokesh, Naidu's brother-in-law and actor N Balakrishna and state Congress chief Raghuveera Reddy were among the prominent candidates.

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