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Cong workers put on brave face despite gloomy projections

New Delhi: Exit polls painted a grim picture for the Congress but party workers remained unfazed, asserting that the results on May 23 would not be one-sided as projected, and their party would perform better.

Most exit polls Sunday forecast another term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with some of them projecting that BJP-led NDA will get more than 300 seats to comfortably cross the majority mark of 272 in the Lok Sabha.

Even as the atmosphere at the Congress headquarters remained sombre Monday morning, party workers rejected the exit polls and said May 23 would give results quite different from the projections. Some of them suggested the BJP might use the exit poll projections to indulge in EVM manipulation.

“The exit polls are an attempt by the BJP to spread rumours and they might try to manipulate EVMs after creating such atmosphere,” said Congress worker Jagdish Sharma. “We will perform better and win. It would not be one-sided as projected. We have seen the real atmosphere at the ground and no one is believing the exit polls except the BJP,” he said.

Neeta Mishra, general secretary of the Vichar Vibhag at the Congress, said the exit polls might be a strategy of the BJP to create uncertainty and make mahagathbandan join hands with the NDA to claim stake to form the government.

“We are not at all disappointed by the exit polls. We know many people are scared of the BJP and they lied out of fear that they would be voting for the BJP but they voted for others. The technicalities of sampling are not clear. Exit polls have been wrong a number of times and they are biased. No one believes these polls. We are doubtful of the exit polls,” she asserted.

Suresh Singh, a Congress worker from Balia in Uttar Pradesh, questioned the credibility of exit polls. “There is a wide variation in prediction for various exit polls in UP. For the NDA, some are predicting 22 while others are predicting 52 seats. Here lies the clue to the credibility of the exit polls and their chances of going wrong,” said Singh.

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