Refusing to give "an opinion on opinion polls", Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today rejected the various exit polls that gave the BJP a clear lead in Uttar Pradesh and claimed his alliance with the Samajwadi Party is winning the state.
"We will win in Uttar Pradesh. Exit polls projections in Bihar were wrong. We will talk on 11 March," the 46-year-old leader told India Today TV. "I am not giving any opinion on the opinion polls," he said.
In November 2015 Bihar election, most pollsters and pundits had predicted a Narendra Modi wave in Bihar and a BJP victory in the state. One of the TV channels had even called the election in favour of the saffron party, only to retract itself later when the Mahagatbandhan of the Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress had swept the state.
On Friday evening, while the TV channels were busy discussing the exit polls, Rahul Gandhi's ally and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav told the BBC that he is ready for an alliance with arch rival Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party in case Uttar Pradesh throws a hung verdict.
WHAT THE UP EXIT POLLS SAY
- The India Today-Axis My India exit poll has given the BJP a landslide 251-279 seats in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh Assembly, reducing the Samajwadi Party-Congress combine to a distant second at 88-112 seats.
- However, a poll of exit polls shows that Uttar Pradesh is likely to get a hung Assembly with the BJP at the head of a splintered verdict. The votes will be counted from 8 am onwards on Saturday.
- The average exit poll results -- which in the past have proven to be unreliable -- gave 180 seats for the BJP in the 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly, way short of the 202-mark needed to form a government.
- According to NewsX-MRC poll, the BJP and its allies may win 185 seats, the Congress-Samajwadi Party combine 120 and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) 90.
- The India TV-CVoter exit poll predicted 155-167 seats for the BJP, 135-147 for the Samajwadi-Congress alliance and 81-93 for the BSP.
- But TimesNow-VMR predicted the BJP could win 190-210 seats, the Samajwadi-Congress 110-130 and the BSP 57-74. CNN-News18-Gramener said the BJP could win 164 seats, the Samajwadi-Congress 147 and the BSP 81.