Exit polls 2023: Shivraj Singh Chouhan hails 'laadli behna', Bhupesh Baghel promises 75 seats | Who said what
The exit polls results for all the 5 states — MP, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram —were declared by media outlets on Thursday. Most of the exit polls put the BJP ahead in MP and gave it an edge in Rajasthan while giving an advantage to the Congress in Telangana and Chhattisgarh
The exit polls results for all the five states — Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram —were declared by several media outlets on Thursday. Most of the exit polls put the BJP ahead in Madhya Pradesh and gave it an edge in Rajasthan while giving an advantage to the Congress in Telangana and Chhattisgarh.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot rejected exit poll predictions in the state and said the Congress is going to form the government in the state. He further said BJP is not winning in any of the five states where results are going to be declared on December 3.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said Congress was on course to secure a 'huge majority' in the state, adding that while most pollsters are predicting the Congress tally at 57, the number will swell to 75 by the time the results are declared on December 3, the counting day.
"Are the numbers consistent in the seven exit polls? After two days, the numbers quoted in these exit-poll projections will stabilise and settle. Regardless of the exit-poll projections, we are confident of forming the government in Chhattisgarh with a handsome majority," ANI quoted Baghel as saying after the exit-poll predictions were out.
"What is 57 now will be 75 in the days leading up to counting day," Baghel added.
On the hand, BJP leaders rejected the exit-poll projections in Chhattisgarh. BJP leader Santosh Pandey said "Rest assured that the BJP will form the government with an absolute majority in the state. The counting of votes on December 3 will put all speculations at rest," reported ANI.
Chhattisgarh Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader, TS Singh Deo, put the Congress's tally at about 60 seats. "We are happy to note that the exit polls have given a clear edge to the Congress in Chhattisgarh. I believe that we will get about 60 seats. The decision on who will be chief minister will be taken by the Congress high command. We will accept whatever the high command decides," ANI quoted Singh Deo as saying.
Reacting to the exit poll predictions Telangana Minister and BRS leader KTR Rao says, “This is an illogical exit poll. People are still voting... It is ridiculous of the Election Commission of India also basically to allow for exit polls at 5:30 when people are queuing up to vote till 9pm. I think it's very ludicrous... I've come here because I wanted to tell my party cadre that don't believe this nonsense..."
Addressing a press conference, Rama Rao said that in 2018 some of the exit polls had wrongly predicted that BRS would lose, but the results proved otherwise. "I promise you, for those of you who are friends of BRS and want KCR to come back..., I promise you on December 3 (counting day) we are coming back. We are coming back with anywhere above 70 seats," he said. Polling for Telangana’s 119 seats assembly concluded on Thursday and the result will be announced after votes are counted on December 3. "In the name of exit polls, those who create nuisance and nonsense, there will be egg on your face and your reputation is at stake," he said.
Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said the party will win in four states, be in pivotal position to drive INDIA bloc.
Trinamool Congress leader Kunal Ghosh the BJP will be defeated on maximum number of states.
"BJP will be defeated on maximum number of states, and I hope all the five states have voted against BJP. In 2024, BJP will be defeated again (in Lok Sabha polls)," PTI quoted Ghosh as saying.
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