Gossip, inaccurate, EVM manipulation: How Opposition leaders reacted to exit polls
The exit polls that predicted a snug win for the BJP-led NDA had been met with suspicious eyes by leaders of Opposition events, with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee calling it a “game plan to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through gossip.”
Most exit polls Sunday forecast one other time period for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with a few of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get greater than 300 seats to comfortably cross the bulk mark of 272 within the Lok Sabha.
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In West Bengal, Mamata’s Trinamool Congress is predicted to lose seats with the BJP making inroads within the Japanese state. Republic Bharat-Jan ki Baat has predicted 18-26 seats for the BJP, and 28 for the ruling TMC. Within the earlier Lok Sabha elections in 2014, the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC had received 34 seats with a vote share of 39.eight per cent. BJP bagged solely 2 seats.
Discrediting the predictions of the exit polls, Mamata mentioned: “I don’t trust Exit Poll gossip. The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip. I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together.”
I don’t belief Exit Ballot gossip. The sport plan is to control or substitute hundreds of EVMs by this gossip. I attraction to all Opposition events to be united, sturdy and daring. We are going to struggle this battle collectively
Social gathering chief Derek O’Brien hinted at EVM manipulation over the ballot prediction in favour of the BJP and mentioned the “so-called exit polls will only confuse” the individuals and that one ought to watch for the ultimate outcomes on May 23.
“Have ‘Delhi media’ who masquerade as ‘national media’ lost their credentials and credibility? So-called Exit Polls will only confuse. We await the verdict of the people. Modi ji had called the number 300+ even before Phase 7. Are these numbers to match that? EVM manipulation?” he tweeted.
Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh rejected the exit polls, saying their accuracy was ‘suspect’. “With so much experience, even if I go around Punjab to gauge the voter swinge, I would not be able to do it with complete accuracy. So how can these polls be accurate,” ANI quoted him as saying.
Nevertheless, Congress ally and Nationwide Convention chief Omar Abdullah mentioned each single exit ballot can’t be incorrect. “Time to switch off the TV, log out of social media & wait to see if the world is still spinning on its axis on the 23rd (May),” he tweeted.
Vice-President M Venkaiah mocked on the exit polls, saying they weren’t precise polls. “Exit polls don’t imply precise polls. We’ve got to perceive that. Since 1999, many of the exit polls have gone incorrect,” the Vice-President identified.
Naidu addressed an off-the-cuff assembly of well-wishers, who felicitated him in Guntur. Referring to the continuing normal elections, he mentioned each get together 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.