Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Priyanka urges party workers not to believe in exit polls

Priyanka urges party workers not to believe in exit polls

She pointed out that exit polls that suggested BJP-led NDA would return to power by crossing the majority mark of 272 and that the win would be a gift for the BJP and its allies.

Modi's ruling coalition is projected to win between 339 and 365 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament with a Congress-led opposition alliance getting only 77 to 108, an exit poll from India Today Axis showed on Sunday.

The workshop held two days before the counting was attended by Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, party's national vice-president Baijayant Panda, national spokesperson Sambit Patra, former chief minister Giridhar Gamang, senior leader BB Harichandan, KV Singh Deo, Pratap Sarangi and State functionaries of the BJP.

On Monday, Kumaraswamy, whose party is in alliance with Congress in Karnataka, had also expressed his concerns over EVMs and tweeted, "Entire Opposition political parties had expressed concern over credibility of EVMs under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rule".

The commission had issued a notice seeking a report from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting on NaMo TV, launched just weeks ahead of the general election, after Opposition parties, including the Congress, asked the poll body to direct the ministry to suspend the channel in violation of the poll code.

Congress losing ground, BJP sitting tight in Karnataka, say exit polls
With UP alone playing a crucial role in determining who forms the next government at the Centre, NDA could win if it bags the most seats in UPs 80 Lok Sabha seats, Indian Express reports .

"Don't let rumours and exit polls discourage you".

Some Congress officials say it is wrong to blame the Gandhi family every time the party fares badly and point to three wins in state assembly elections previous year under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi. "When multiple exit polls convey the same message, the direction of the result broadly would be in consonance with the message", Mr Jaitley said in a blog post yesterday.

The Prime Minister and other top BJP leaders made no immediate claim of victory.

Barring the exit polls in 1998, when some of them were quite close to the actual results, the pollsters went completely wrong in mapping the voters' mood since 1996.

DMK President MK Stalin said his party was not bothered much about the exit poll results.

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