New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has rejected exit polls predictions, which showed the Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) winning absolute majority in the Delhi Assembly Election 2020. Stating that ‘exit polls are not exact polls’, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi claimed that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is losing his Assembly seat. “I am saying Kejriwal is losing this Assembly seat. I do think so and I am saying that with complete faith. BJP is winning it,” the BJP leader said. Further, she expressed confidence that BJP will perform well on February 11 (result day).
Notably, Lekhi made the remarks after a meeting of the party’s parliamentarians and senior leaders of the Delhi unit called by union minister Amit Shah. “We used to have these review meetings daily. Today, this meeting took place a bit early. In this review meeting, we analysed what we, our workers observed on the ground, the strong and weak points. Second, the exit polls were analysed,” she said.
“Exit Polls have taken the analysis of two booths per Assembly Constituency. This analysis is based just on 0.12 or 0.15 per cent considering that there are over 13,000 booths. Second, this analysis is based till 4 or 5 pm after which 11 to 15 per cent votes have been polled. So we think that our voter comes out of home after lunch. So these exit polls do not include that 11-15 per cent votes,” Lekhi asserted.
To prove her claim, she also gave an example of exit polls during the 2019 Lok Sabha election. “Exit Polls are not the exact poll. I want to give an example that in 2019, exit polls were giving 220 seats to NDA whereas BJP alone won 303 seats. I am sure BJP will perform well”, stated the BJP leader.
Exit Polls Predictions
Almost all exit polls predicted landslide victory for AAP, and little change in the fortunes of the Congress, which had ruled the city between 1998 and 2013 but drew a blank in the 2015 polls.
A survey by ABP-C-Voter has predicted massive victory for AAP with 49-63 seats. BJP+ and Congress+ are projected to win 5-19 and 1-2 seats respectively.
The India Today-Axis poll forecast 59-68 seats for the AAP and 2-11 for the BJP.
The Times Now-Ipsos exit poll predicted that Kejriwal will retain power with the AAP winning 47 seats against 23 for the BJP.
The Republic-Jan ki Baat survey gave the AAP 48-61 seats and the BJP 9-21 seats. The TV9 Bharatvarsh-Cicero predicted 52-64 seats for the AAP and 6-16 for the BJP. An exit poll put out by Neta-NewsX said the AAP may win 53-57 seats and the BJP 11-17.