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BJD upbeat after exit poll; Congress rejects findings

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury

Bhubaneswar, May 13:

While the exit polls on the Lok Sabha elections in Odisha carried out by various organizations have brought cheer among the ruling BJD leaders, the spirit of the BJP, which was upbeat hoping to ride on the supposed Narendra Modi wave during the elections, has dampened.

The Congress, in contrast, has rejected the exit poll findings altogether and has claimed that the actual results on May 16 would prove the exit poll projections completely wrong.

The BJD is expected to get around 12-15 Lok Sabha seats in the elections, if the exit poll results prove correct on May 16.

“We were always confident of getting more than 15 seats in the elections. We had said so earlier and most of the exit polls reflect our won assessment of the outcome. We will be crossing the 100 mark in the Assembly polls as well,” BJD vice-president and RS member Kalpataru Das averred.

BJD currently holds 14 of 21 parliamentary seats and 108 of 147 Assembly seats.

Even though the BJP is happy over the exit polls prediction at the national level, which give a majority to BJP paving the way to Narendra Modi to ascend to the Prime Minister’s post, it hopes to perform better in Odisha than the predictions suggest.

“We expect to win about 10 seats this time. Some exit polls have also predicted the BJP getting 10 Lok sabha seats. BJD cannot form a government in the state with thumping majority,” said senior BJP leader Biswabhusan Harichandan.

The Congress, which is on the losing side both at the Centre as well as in the state, has predictably rejected the findings of the exit polls. .

Every poll prediction has diminished the seat tally of the party in the state. The vote percentage of the grand old party has also apparently plummeted considerably since the last elections in 2009.

“We reject the exit polls. The polls predictions are erroneous even though they are sometimes proved right. We are quite confident of winning a majority of seats and perform better……..come May 16, the result day,” said media cell chairman of state Congress Narasingh Mishra.