In fact, nearly all exit polls have predicted that the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will cross the 300 mark, indicating that the Narendra Modi-led government will return to power quite comfortably. That is likely to further galvanise the BJP cadre in areas that are still not in the party's grasp. Although some allies have left since then, it still had a comfortable majority (339) when the 2019 general elections started. But what if they don't, given their patently unreliable nature? Our alliance represents India's diversity and our agenda is India's progress.
The party's 2014 tally was its worst-ever at 44, which eventually reached 66 following a string of alliances over five years.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had expressed a similar sentiment on Sunday, hours after the exit polls were released.
They have also said that another bad showing by Congress would prompt questions over the leadership of the Nehru-Gandhi family, which has dominated politics for decades.
"This artificially engineered or manufactured Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23".
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Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday cancelled his scheduled visit to the national capital on a day when opposition parties will be meeting Election Commission officials over the issues of EVMs.
Nala Ponnappa takes a potshot at the hype surrounding the exit polls, all of which have predicted a return of the ruling BJP government.
Exit polls have not only turned out to be a let down in India but also overseas. Suppose he voted Congress, and says so to the pollster, the BJP wins the election and extracts from pollsters details of all those who said they voted Congress, what mayhem might not follow?
An estimated 150 people have already purchased tickets - at $15 a piece - but Noone said he expected more people to "walk in" going by the response he has received to flyers he sent out just a few days ago - "they went viral".
However, both the Republic TV-CVoter and IANS CVoter Exit Poll 2019 have forecasted the result in favour of the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP).