Congress rubbishes exit polls .... hoping for 2004 repeat

New Delhi, May 19: Rejecting the exit poll results which predict a massive victory for the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Congress has asserted that the country is in for a surprise when the results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections are announced on May 23.

The Congress is hoping for a repeat of 2004 when exit polls predicted a victory for the NDA but the actual results saw the 'grand old party' emerge victorious.

“Please wait till May 23. We will surprise you. The entire vote share to seat share conversion is a difficult job. There is also a fear psychosis in the country and people do not reveal their views,” Congress spokesman Rajeev Gowda told the media.

While a lot of exit polls predict more than 300 seats for the NDA, even a lower end of the predictions will probably see the ruling coalition go on to form a second consecutive government.

However, that idea is not enough to deter West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banejee from taking yet another swipe at the BJP.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief has fought a bitter and acrimonous campaign against the ruling party in her own state and she blamed the BJP yet again for allegedly trying to influence the poll results by tampering with the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

“The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip,” Mamata said.

News24 Bureau

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