Exit Polls 2022: How political parties are reacting

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Post-poll alliances, denial, and more seen a day after exit polls results

By Rishika Singh

The poll of polls has given its predictions on what, broadly, will be the fate of various parties contesting elections in five Indian states. Though exit polls are known to often get it wrong, they are often looked at with excitement in tough or difficult-to-call elections.

Source: Data from various exit polls, compiled by NDTV

Love them or hate them, you cannot ignore exit polls. Or can you? Some parties are certainly trying to, while others are taking it as a mark of confirmation before the actual results are announced on Thursday, March 10.

Here is a round of what the politicians are saying across states:

1. Uttar Pradesh
A majority of exit polls are predicting Yogi Adityanath-led BJP’s return to power. A member of the Samajwadi Party (SP) alliance, Om Prakash Rajbhar of the Bhartiya Samaaj Party said that SP would win, and that exit polls could not be trusted. He also warned to pay attention to EVMs and not the TV screens, indicating his concerns over the security of the voting process.

2. Manipur
The N Biren Singh-led BJP government will retain power but it might need some help to comfortably cross the majority mark. Amit Shah, President of the BJP, said in a press conference that it will return to power.

3. Uttarakhand
Though exit polls show a tight contest in the hill state, incumbent Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami told ANI that he expects more seats to be won by the party. A win could solidify Dhami’s own position, as he has only served as the Chief Minister since July 2021.

4. Punjab
Punjab is seeing a tough battle with predictions being made ever since Capt. Amrinder Singh, former Chief Minister from the Congress, was replaced by Charan Singh Channi. Many alliances and configurations later, exit polls shockingly showed the emergence of the new entrant: the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Party founder and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal retweeted Today’s Chanakya prediction that said AAP will win 100 out of 117 seats.

5. Goa
With a sense that the 40-seat assembly will see a tough fight, both Congress and BJP are signalling openness to alliances. Congress is even sensing horsetrading and preparing to secure its candidates. While AAP may agree to go with Congress, BJP Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the party will look towards the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) for support. However, an MGP leader had recently expressed that an alliance with BJP might be possible, but one with Sawant leading the government would not be acceptable to them. Sawant also met PM Modi and was confident of his win.

After a wait of fewer than two days, it will become clear where parties go and the words they exchange once the results are declared.

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