With exit polls predicting a clear victory for the BJP in Maharashtra and Haryana, the Congress on Monday termed it ‘speculative tool’ and said the final verdict will be finally delivered on October 24. All the exit polls have predicted that the BJP and its allies are in comfortable position to return to the power.
Congress Secretary, communications, Pranav Jha said that these opinion polls do not reflect ground realities and advised people to vote for the counting day. “the results will be opposite of what the exit polls are saying," Jha said.
"The Congress has always believed that opinion polls and exit polls are at the best, speculative tools that have been way off the mark on more often than not. We all know BJP was more in the media, bill boards and WhatsApp rather than on the ground,” he said.
“For all the diversion that the BJP and Modi ji attempted in the name of Article 370 and America-China, we expect the people to vote on the issues of joblessness, economic slowdown, factory shutdown and agrarian crisis in the Maharashtra and Haryana," he added.
On the other hand, the BJP has claimed it was voters' tribute to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governance and leadership.
BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said the exit polls clearly show that his party is headed for a spectacular victory in Maharashtra and Haryana. The polls show that the BJP is further consolidating its position in two states that have hitherto been Congress strongholds traditionally, he said.
"Opposition parties which are lacking credibility and implementing negative political agenda, are playing the same old-style politics and are steeped in corruption. They are unable to offer a challenge even in their erstwhile citadels. The new politics based on positive performance is powering the BJP's continued success," Rao said.