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Mixed reactions to exit polls

Monday, 20 May 2019 | PPNS | Lucknow

Different political parties have reacted differently to the exit polls which predict another term for the National Democratic Alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party saying the predictions were as per its expectations and the opposition saying the exit poll results are wrong.

BJP state general secretary and in-charge of western UP, Vijay Bahadur Pathak, said here on Sunday that now there should be no doubt in the minds of the opposition that Narendra Modi was returning to power as the people of the country had voted for a strong Bharat.

“In UP too, the BJP will give surprising results and the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance will be wiped out along with Congress,” he said, adding that the exit poll figures that the TV channels were showing were less and would increase.

Pathak said in UP, the BJP would get not less than 74 seats. “Take my words, Congress national president Rahul Gandhi is losing election from Amethi,” he said.

Pathak congratulated the BJP workers at the booth level for this success and attributed the favourable predictions to their hard work.

On the other hand, Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said the SP-BSP-RLD alliance had done very well in UP.

“The exit polls are not the last word. You see the contradiction. One channel says that alliance will win 56 seats in UP while the other is saying that the BJP will win 60 plus seats. Who is correct? In fact, no one is correct. The actual result will come on May 23,” he said.

Chaudhary said the alliance would win not less than 70 seats in UP. “There was a wave in favour of this alliance which has been translated into votes,” he said.

Senior Congress leader Amarnath Agarwal also said that the exit polls were just pastime. It (exit poll) is just a spice which adds flavour to the election process. No politician takes the outcome seriously. Just analyse how true the prediction of these exit polls are. In 2018, all exit polls said BJP would form government in Chhattisgarh but actually it was Congress which came to power there,” he said.

Agarwal said, “Wait for May 23. The BJP will be decimated and the country will get rid of a ‘feku’ prime minister.”

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