After almost all exit polls predicted that Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will return to power, the questions are rightly been raised about the accuracy of these polls after the 7th phase of exhaustive and gargantuan elections in India concluded on May 19. We need to understand that these polls do not mean exact polls. Since 1999, numerous such polls have gone wrong. Their prediction in India has often got wrong. The BJP supporters know very well what happened in 2004 when all these polls indicating Vajpayee’s return to power again proved to be utterly wrong. To be sure, it will be by May 23 when counting starts that the nation will know whether Modi will form the government at the Centre again or not.
In the Capital Market, Sensex, Nifty race past record closing highs as these polls project NDA win.
But there are those who are not convinced by polls’ verdict. It may have boosted to the BJP‘s ‘Abki Baar, 300 Paar’ claim, but not all have agreed with the polls. Here’s how the leaders reacted on these polls numbers.
- “Exit polls are not exact polls, most have gone wrong since 1999,” Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu”
- “Having waited for almost seven weeks, let us wait for May 23 for the final result. Exit polls have gone notoriously wrong in the past. As far as the error of these polls is concerned, one fundamental error is to give so many seats in saturation states to the BJP, which, according to me, is contrary to all logic,” said senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi.
- “It’s a lie by exit polls”, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palaniswami.
- “Don’t trust exit poll gossip’, said TMC chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
- “Election results to be in consonance with exit polls outcome”, says Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister.
- “I believe the exit polls are all wrong. In Australia last weekend, 56 different exit polls proved wrong. In India, many people don’t tell pollsters the truth fearing they might be from the Government. Will wait till 23rd for the real results,” tweeted Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.
- “Time and again exit polls have failed to catch the people’s pulse. Exit polls have proved to be incorrect and far from ground reality in many instances,” tweeted Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu.
- “Every single exit poll can’t be wrong,” tweeted National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah
- “One should not speculate on the results of the exit polls,” said the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan
- “Exit polls are being used to create an impression that there is still a Modi wave in the country. This artificially engineered or manufactured Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23,” Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy wrote on Twitter.
- “Their accuracy was suspect,” said Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.