Manipur Cong rejects exit polls, cites wrong prediction in 2004

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 21 | Publish Date: 5/21/2019 11:49:15 AM IST

Manipur Congress on Tuesday rejected exit polls that predicted a comfortable win for the BJP-led NDA, saying that it was an “over prediction.”

Most exit polls projected BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha, forecasting another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee president Gaikhaangam alleged  exit polls underplayed the performance of Congress-led UPA, adding that exit polls have the history of overplaying the performance of BJP-led NDA. Talking to reporters at Imphal Congress Bhavan, the former deputy chief minister said that the prediction of BJP-led NDA securing comfortable majority mark was against the belief of the people.

Gaikhaangam compared the exit polls of the current 17th Lok Sabha elections 2019 with that of Lok Sabha elections 2004 and said that at that time too, the exit polls had predicted return of the then Atal Bihari Bajpayee-led NDA government at the Centre. However, the exit polls went wrong as Congress-led UPA had crossed the majority mark comfortably against the exit polls results, he added. He further stated BJP and its alliances have no way to win more seats if considered the present political trends. The only ways they can do was manipulation or replace thousands of EVMs through gossip, Gaikhangam said.

He also alleged that there were reports of capturing unauthorised EVMs in some states. Similar instances had already been reported earlier too.

 “This shows that the incumbent government at the Centre is using unfair means to retain the power,” he alleged. In Manipur too, during the elections, the ruling BJP had resorted to many unfair means to win the elections. They had even used cadres of unlawful organisations to threaten voters besides muscle and money powers to win the elections. “Everybody knows it,” he said.

Whatever it may be, the truth will be known after the counting of votes on May 23. For the Congress, it is confident of forming the next government at the Centre with its allies.

MPCC president hoped that Congress will win at least one of the two Lok Sabha seats. The MPCC president however did not give further detail on which of the two seats, the Congress is going to win the elections. The voting to the two Lok Sabha seats in Manipur was held on April 11 (for the Outer Manipur PC) and April 18 (Inner Manipur PC). The counting of votes for both the seats will be held on May 23. Altogether 19 candidates – 11 in the Inner Manipur PC and 8 in the Outer Manipur PC – are in the fray for two Lok Sabha seats from Manipur. 

Candidates of ruling BJP, Congress, NPF and NPP were considered to be the strong contenders in the Outer PC and BJP, Congress and CPI in the Inner PC.


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