Soon after the Exit Poll results were released by Sunday evening, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee rejected poll predictions, which were in favour of BJP, as mere ‘gossip’. She also urged the opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. Most of the pollsters predicted highly comfortable results for the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance in the Lok Sabha elections.
“I don’t trust Exit Poll gossip,” the Trinamool Congress chief said. “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.”
Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Rajeev Gowda said that exit polls are regularly wrong, and seat share and vote share predictions are very difficult to make. “Fear is the key so a lot of people are hesitant to reveal their true choice. Let us wait for May 23, the results will be sufficiently different,” he said.
National Conference vice president and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said, “Every single exit poll can’t be wrong! 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.
The voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 was held in seven phases on April 11, 18, 23, 29 and May 6, 12 and 19. The counting of votes will be conducted on May 23.