Bihar: The split in the Janata Dal is likely to benefit the BJP -Samata alliance considerably. And if the Congress goes it alone, the BJP could double its tally from the 18 in 1996 to 36.
Gujarat: The BJP is forecast to make marginal gains since last time at the expense of the Congress, which is now with RJP .
Karnataka: The BJP s alliance with Lok Shakti is likely to considerably help the party in emerging as the single largest group followed by the Congress and the Janata Dal.
Maharashtra: The Congress tie- up with the SP and the RPI is likely to pose a formidable challenge for the BJP -Shiv Sena alliance and help improve the Congress tally from 15 in 1996.
Madhya Pradesh: The Congress is likely to gain its position some what vis- a- vis the BJP , which is still ahead.
Rajasthan: The equation will remain the same as in 1996, with the seats roughly divided between the Congress and the BJP .
Tamil Nadu: The BJP -AIADMK alliance could make a dent in the prospects of the DMK -TMC , who are unlikely to repeat the 96 sweep.
Uttar Pradesh: With the Congress, SP and BSP likely to contest individually for almost all 85 seats, the BJP is all set to repeat the 1996 sweep by getting nearly 70 seats.
West Bengal: The BJP s alliance with Trinamul Congress could make a small dent in the Congress tally without affecting the communist parties stranglehold on this state.