Delhi Assembly Polls: Coming out of the meeting Meenakshi Lekhi said exit polls were not exact. (Photo Credit: PTI)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leaders met after a meeting was called by Union Minister Amit Shah soon after exit polls were declared that predicted a sweep for the AAP in the Delhi assembly polls. Coming out of the meeting Meenakshi Lekhi said exit polls were not "exact". Shah and BJP president JP Nadda during the whirlwind campaign for the polls had claimed that the party will win more than 45 seats in Delhi. Exit polls for the Delhi Assembly election on Saturday predicted a comfortable victory for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) despite a likely rise in tally for the BJP in the 70-member House.
Meenakshi Lekhi said, "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" NDTV quoted Meenakshi as saying. "Our voters came late in the day and voted till evening," she added.
Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari putting up a brave face claimed his party will win "48 seats" and form a government in the national capital. "All these exit polls will fail. Please save this tweet from me. The BJP will form government in the city with 48 seats. Please do not look for excuses and blame the EVMs (Electronic Voting Machines)," his tweet read.
Times Now-Ipsos exit polls predicted that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will retain his chair with the AAP winning 44 seats against 26 for the BJP.
Republic-Jan ki Baat survey gave the AAP 48-61 seats and the BJP 9-21 seats. TV9 Bharatvarsh-Cicero predicted 54 seats for the AAP, 15 for the BJP and one for the Congress. The AAP had scored an overwhelming victory in the 2015 assembly polls, winning 67 seats and reducing the BJP to three.