BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The exit polls might have predicted a victory for AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, but the BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi after a meeting with the senior leaders of the Delhi unit called by Union Minister Amit Shah said exit polls were not “exact”.
“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. Our voters came in late in the day and voted till evening,” Lekhi told the reporters.
Shah called BJP’s Parliamentary party meeting on Saturday evening after the results of exit polls were out. In the meeting Shah said that he still believes that BJP would come into power in Delhi and the exit poll results would be wrong.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari said that the saffron party will bag 45 to 48 seats and come to power.
The BJP gave full strength in campaigning since the vote was declared in Delhi. Seventy central ministers, 270 MPs , several chief ministers of various states and 40 star campaigners were pressed into action to combat Arvind Kejriwal in Delhi assembly election campaign.
In 2015 assembly poll, AAP got 67 seats and BJP got only three seats. This year, opinion poll indicated that AAP will get more than 60 seats. But the exit poll shows BJP’s seat would see a jump. The BJP party leaders feel that the Shaheen Bagh issue has been able to pump oxygen into the party at the eleventh hour.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission attracted the wrath of AAP leaders when they failed to declare the final voter turnout for Delhi almost 20 hours after voting ended Saturday. On Sunday at 7 pm, finally Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh told news agency ANI, “Voter turnout data is submitted by returning officers who were busy throughout the night, then they became busy in scrutiny. It has taken a little bit of time but, in data entry, it is very important to ensure accuracy.” Singh also told the voter turnout in Delhi was 62.59 per cent, which is about two per cent more than the last Lok Sabha elections.