Benchmark indices closed lower ahead of exit polls for assembly elections, weighed by oil, metals, auto, infra and select private banks stocks.
The 30-share BSE Sensex was down 97.62 points at 28901.94 and the 50-share NSE Nifty fell 22.60 points to 8924.30. The broader markets underperformed benchmarks, falling more than 0.6 percent on weak breadth. About 1758 shares declined against 1069 advancing shares on the BSE.
Reliance Industries, Infosys, ONGC, Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Steel were biggest losers, down 1-2 percent whereas HDFC Bank, TCS, SBI, ITC and HUL ended moderately higher.