Exit polls make waiting worth for both Telangana, Andhra Pradesh

Daniel Fowler
May 21, 2019

Polls have been held for 542 seats as the Election Commission had deferred the election for Vellore seat due to allegations of the use of money to influence the voting.

Modi and Shah at a press conference on 17 May had exuded confidence that the saffron party-led alliance will return to power, and exit polls have furthered boosted their hopes.

In a major disappointment for the Congress-JDS coalition in Karnataka, various exit polls on Sunday gave the combine only between seven and nine seats in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

But the images were mocked online, with many questioning why the PM was meditating as violence broke out in West Bengal and his party struggled to hold on to its majority.

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"Many of us may continue to squabble over the correctness and accuracy of the exit polls". It, however, expects a clear majority for the NDA and sees Narendra Modi as Prime Minister for the second term. "BJP is the only party whose seats both in Assembly and LS have increased while for both the other parties (BJD and Congress) have decreased..."

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday sought to bolster the morale of party workers by asking them to not be disheartened by "rumours" and exit poll results and urged them to be alert at their respective booths. "But, by and large, what comes out in the exit polls also reflects in the results", Gadkari said, replying to a query.

Women show their voter IDs as they wait in a queue to cast their votes during the seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Patna, India.

"These exit polls have given a high level of comfort for investors and the governmental policies initiated in the first term will only gain momentum", said Amar Singh of Angel Broking. It has predicted that UPA may win 70 seats.

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