Exit poll numbers leave voters, netas in a fix

Vivek Avasthi
Exit Polls for Uttar Pradesh have left not only the voters, but also the politicians of “Neta Nagri” – Lucknow, a confused lot.

Exit Polls for Uttar Pradesh have left not only the voters, but also the politicians of “Neta Nagri” – Lucknow, a confused lot. This is evident with the cancelation of the meeting, reported to take place on May 20, a day after exit polls, between BSP Supremo Mayawati and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The fact of the matter is Mayawati had cancelled her trip to New Delhi after getting conflicting signals regarding the outcome of exit poll results of Uttar Pradesh.

Mayawati is said to have conveyed it to the Congress leadership that she would be meeting Sonia Gandhi only after results are out.

Though Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav did meet Mayawati at her Lucknow residence, both leaders now plan to come to Delhi after results are out. Sources say that both these leaders are confident of their alliance doing well but have put immediate brakes on public meetings with other leaders of the Opposition.

Sources say that despite being confident that the Bua-Bhatija Alliance will do well in Uttar Pradesh, both Mayawati and Akhilesh choose not to come to Delhi today for the collective opposition meeting with officials of the Election Commission. While Mayawati sent her lieutenant Satish Chandra Mishra, Akhilesh sent his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav to represent their parties.

And it remains to be a fact that exit poll numbers for Uttar Pradesh are really confusing. While some pollsters have given as many as 68 of 80 seats or 60 to 62 seats to the BJP, reducing the SP-BSP alliance to a poor double-digit score.

There were some pollsters who did the balancing act, giving more or less, equal number of seats to both the BJP and the Alliance. Two channels, one national and one regional, just put the opposite figures on air giving the Alliance 50 plus seats.

The voter of the state and the politicians are now a confused lot due to no uniformity in the direction and numbers given by various pollsters.

It is normal for any party which is given lesser numbers to cry foul and outright deny numbers of the exit polls. But till now, neither Akhilesh Yadav nor Mayawati have issued any statement on these numbers.

And it is also a practice for the party which is being given good numbers by exit polls to immediately react and say that these numbers are correct and would translate into results. But BJP leaders are a silent lot in Uttar Pradesh. There is no reaction from them, leave celebrations or chest thumping at the party office in Lucknow.

To conclude, neither the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party combine nor the Bhartiya Janata Party leaders have anything to say on these exit polls. They are keeping aloof, not owning or disowning such numbers because the figures are directionless and lack unanimity. In a nutshell, till May 23rd which is the counting day, it is confusion which reigns supreme!