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New Delhi: Congress general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh East, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Monday, asked party workers to ignore exit poll predictions and rumours of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning. “Dear brothers and sisters, do not lose hope due to rumours and exit polls. These are being spread to break your spirit,” she said in an audio message.

Priyanka also asked party workers to remain alert outside strong rooms that house electronic voting machines and counting centres in the country. “We are sure that your hard work will bear fruit,” she added.

The exit polls on television channels on Monday projected that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will retain power at the Centre again. Most of the pollsters gave Prime Minister Narendra Modi a clear majority in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, some Opposition leaders claimed that there are reports of electronic voting machines being moved at certain places. Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha tweeted: “Is our worst fears coming true ? What is the Election Commission doing ?”

West Bengal Mamata Banerjee, while dismissing “exit poll gossip”, had said: “The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip.”

Polling for seven-phased Lok Sabha elections started on 11 April and concluded on 19 May. The much-awaited results of the general elections will be announced on 23 May.

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