Oppn, VP reject exit polls

PATNA/NEW DELHI/AMARAVATI, MAY 20 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/20/2019 11:12:42 AM IST

While the opposition parties have dismissed the exit poll predictions for the Lok Sabha elections, the Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has mocked at the exit polls, saying they were not exact polls.

Opposition has called the exit polls “speculation” and “fraud” and contrary to ground reality but the ruling party asserted that final result will be in consonance with the predictions.

Exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said there is no need to rely on “speculations based on speculation”. He exuded confidence that CPI(M)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) will record an impressive win in Kerala.

Rejecting the exit polls as a “fraud”, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said they are simply compulsions of the market purveyed through a different name. “It is an old trick of psychological manipulation of the deprived classes by Sangh-supported institutions and resources,” he said in a statement. Yadav also said the exit poll results do not reflect the ground reality.

Yadav’s views were endorsed by veteran socialist leader Sharad Yadav, who is contesting from Madhepura on ticket of RJD with which he is expected to merge his own party LJD.

TMC, which has dubbed exit polls as “gossip”, said its internal reports from districts in West Bengal and every constituency clearly say the party will win this time too. Unfazed by exit polls projections, the Mamata-led TMC exuded confidence that it would play a major role in the formation of a new government for which it is in touch with various opposition parties.

Hitting out at the pollsters, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy claimed that the “artificially engineered” or “manufactured” Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23.

Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara too raised doubts over EVMs, claiming that BJP had sponsored exit polls as the ground reality was different.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor went on to give the example of the recent Australian exit polls to emphasise that they do not always end up being correct. “I believe the exit polls are all wrong. In Australia last weekend, 56 different exit polls proved wrong...,” he tweeted.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami made light of the exit polls suggesting a poor showing by the AIADMK, saying they were more of “imposing of opinion” and that the predictions will be proved wrong. The ruling AIADMK, an ally of the BJP, will win all the 38 seats in the state and one in Puducherry, he claimed.

VP says Exit polls do not mean exact polls

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has pointed out that “Exit polls do not mean exact polls. We have to understand that. Since 1999, most of the exit polls have gone wrong.” Naidu addressed an informal meeting of well-wishers, who felicitated him in Guntur.

Referring to the ongoing general elections, he said every party exuded confidence (over victory).

“Everyone exhibits his own confidence till the 23rd (day of counting). There will be no base for it. So we have to wait for 23rd,” he remarked.

“Country and the state need an able leader and stable government, whoever it be. That’s what is required. That’s all,” Naidu observed. Naidu also said change in society should start with political parties.

“If democracy has to strengthen and something good has to happen to people elections, selections, candidates, parties all should discharge their duties responsibly and properly,” he noted. He lamented that civility has become a casualty in the present political discourse. Naidu also found fault with political parties announcing freebies to win over the electorate. 

Meanwhile, union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday said the exit polls are not the “final decision” but indicate that the BJP will once again come to power. 

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