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Lok Sabha results will be completely opposite of exit poll predictions: Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI: Sonia Gandhi, the former Congress president on Monday said that the party was hopeful that the INDIA bloc’s results would be “completely opposite” of what the exit polls predicted.

Predicting BJP victory, Gandhi’s reaction to the exit polls might involve the focus on the importance of democracy and respecting the electoral process while remaining hopeful for the outcome. Regardless of the predictions, she might also encourage his party members to be committed to the principles and supporters to stay united.

“We are very hopeful that our results are completely opposite of what the exit poll is saying,” the veteran Congress leader said, in response to a question on how hopeful she was about the INDIA bloc forming the government at the Centre.

“We have to wait, just wait and see,” she said on the sidelines of an event to pay tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi on his birth anniversary, a PTI report said.

Looking at the exit poll predictions, Sonia Gandhi might also acknowledge the challenging situation for her party and stress the need for self-inspection and rejuvenation within the Congress. Regardless of the electoral outcome, the political leader might also highlight the importance of being a responsible opposition and continuing to work for the welfare of the people.

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Gandhi’s statement on Exit Poll

Gandhi’s statement aligns with the stance taken by both the Congress and the Opposition’s INDIA bloc, who have dismissed the exit polls released on Sunday and instead asserted confidence in securing 295 seats as an alliance. Rahul Gandhi, a prominent Congress leader, has characterized the exit polls as “a Modi media poll”.

“It is his fantasy poll,” Rahul said on Sunday in a swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Founder of CVOTER, Yashwant Deshmukh, rebutted the criticism by Rahul Gandhi, recalling the occasions when its exit polls predicted victories for the non-BJP parties. “They can say that they are fantasy polls of PM Modi but when our exit polls were showing that Congress is winning in Karnataka or Telangana or other INDI alliance partners in West Bengal, Delhi, Punjab, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, whenever we were saying that they are leading and they are winning, were we fantasy polls of Rahul Gandhi or Arvind Kejriwal or Mamata Banerjee or Stalin?…”

Different polling agencies are forecasting a broad spectrum of seats for the ruling NDA, with projections varying from 353 to 383 seats for the BJP-led coalition and 152 to 182 seats for the opposing INDIA bloc. Some polls even anticipate the NDA securing over 400 seats. Should these forecasts materialize, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would equal Jawaharlal Nehru’s achievement of guiding his party to victory for a third consecutive term. Additionally, exit poll findings indicate a noteworthy surge for the BJP in southern states such as Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Telangana.

Exit polls keep a track record of inaccurately predicting election outcomes, particularly in states with diverse populations, castes, and communities. However, exit polls also serve a purpose in discerning overarching trends. 

The official results of the Lok Sabha polls will be announced on June 4th.

On Saturday, Congress general secretary for communications Jairam Ramesh claimed that the exit polls were psychological games. “The man whose exit is certain on June 4th has had these exit polls orchestrated. The INDIA Janbandhan will definitely get a minimum of 295 seats, which is a clear and decisive majority. The outgoing Prime Minister can remain smug for three days in the meanwhile. These are all psychological games he is masterminding but the ACTUAL results will be very different,” he said.

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