The Exit Polls conducted for the 17th Lok Sabha election 2019 by major Indian media is overestimated and exaggerated, said MPCC president Gaikhangam.

The exit polls conducted for the 17th Lok Sabha election 2019 by major Indian media is overestimated and exaggerated, said Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Gaikhangam.

He was commenting on the projection of the majority exit polls which show numerical inferiority for the INC led UPA. The exit poll was conducted after seventh and final phase poll on May 19.

While interacting with media persons at his office at Congress Bhavan today, Gaikhangam stated that everybody is free to express their opinion, however, the exit polls assumptions are quite hard to believe.

Even though majority of the exit polls project majority for the BJP led National Democratic Alliance, the MPCC president expressed confidence that non BJP government will be formed in the centre. “Whatever verdict people give, we have to accept, people are the supreme authority,” he added.

He recounted that similar exit polls projection were there in 2004 during the Vajpayee government. However, contrary to the projection, the UPA government was formed, he asserted while adding that exit polls do not always turn out to be true.

In the context of the state, the MPCC president asserted that INC will surely secure the inner seat of Manipur parliamentary constituency as it has many strongholds like Lilong, Patsoi, Wangkhei assembly constituencies. BJP will be its nearest rival, he observed while opining that the CPI candidate is a spoiler and created confusion to the people on whom to vote.

Regarding the outer Manipur parliamentary constituency (OMPC), Gaikhangam said that the INC candidate will get sizeable number of votes but is not likely to win the election as BJP and NPF candidates had intimidated voters to vote in their favour through support of armed outfits. Moreover, there was massive booth capturing which people are unaware of, he said.

If the election was free and fair, INC would have been the ultimate winner, he added.

Often cited as the biggest festival of Indian democracy, the elections to the 17th Lok Sabha will conclude on May 23, where counting of votes and subsequent declaration of results will took place.

Source: Imphal Free Press