BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi dismissed exit polls which showed AAP winning a big majority in the Delhi Elections saying that “exit polls are not exact polls”.
New Delhi| The BJP on Saturday brushed off the exit polls that predicted a clear majority for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party. After a meeting of the party’s parliamentarians and senior leaders of the Delhi unit called by Union Minister Amit Shah, Meenakshi Lekhi said exit polls were not “exact”.
There was a late surge in the voter turnout, doubling from around 30% at 3 pm to the eventual 61% that the Election Commission reported. Around 4 pm on Saturday, many BJP leaders began appealing to the people of Delhi to cast their votes. Later, after the voting percentage grew significantly the saffron party’s leaders claimed that exit pollsters had not surveyed these voters and hence their polls would be proven wrong.
“Exit polls don’t have their math right. Also, the data is collected only till 4 or 5 pm… exit polls have got it wrong before as well” Meenakshi Lekhi told reporters, admitting that the exit poll results were discussed at the meeting.
Recalling the exit polls during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, she said: “Exit Polls are not the exact poll. I want to give an example that in 2019, exit polls were giving 220 seats to NDA whereas BJP alone won 303 seats. I am sure BJP will perform well.”
The party’s central leadership, including Amit Shah, J.P. Nadda, Vijay Goel, Prakash Javadekar, Hardeep Singh and Nityanand Rai held a meeting on Saturday evening after polling closed.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had last week asked voters to cast their ballot before 10.30 am. “I know your decision. The results on February 11 will shock everyone,” he had said.
All the major exit polls have predicted an AAP return in Delhi this year with most of them predicting 50-55 seats for the Arvind Kejriwal-led party in the 70-member Delhi assembly.
However, an exit poll by Sudarshan News claims that the BJP will win anywhere in between 40-45 seats.