With the exit polls predicting the formation of a Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the Centre and an edge to the opposition party in Himachal Pradesh, the state unit of the BJP expressed elation over the results, while the Congress rejected the predictions, citing past experience of ‘forecasts’ turning out to be wrong.
With the end of polling in 43 seats in the last leg of the nine-phase election on Monday, various television news channels started their exit polls, which showed a big gain for the BJP under the leadership of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, besides predicting three seats for the opposition party and one for the Congress in Himachal Pradesh.
However, some surveys later went 4-0 in favour of the BJP, or showed equal division of seats.
BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt claimed “there was never a doubt” that the Narendra Modi-led government would be formed. “These exit polls are the trailer, and the real picture will be revealed on Friday. In Himachal, we will win all seats, including the one witnessing a Vidhan Sabha bypoll,” he added.
Dutt added that while the survey predictions turned out to be wrong sometimes, it would not happen this time.
Congress spokesman Naresh Chauhan said exit polls were not giving majority to the BJP for the first time. “In 2004 and 2009, surveys predicted that the BJP would form the government in the Centre, but the results were totally opposite. We will win all four seats in the state,” he added.