'I did not exit the exit poll debate – I was present for the full duration of the ‘show’ but yes, I did not wish to discuss such frivolous things in the midst of all-round tragedies where a country is mourning', says Pawan Khera.
The BJP’s all-out aggressive campaign is likely to translate into big gains if exit polls are to be relied on
Almost all gave the BJP-led NDA, which comprises AGP and United People’s Party Liberal more than 70 of the 126 seats on offer.
The Delhi throne is significant for the BJP as it sets its eyes on ending a 20-year drought in the national capital.
While Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) fought the elections relying heavily on its work in the areas of education, healthcare and transport, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led an aggressive campaign dotted with controversial statements and severe criticism of Delhi Chief Minister.
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In a series of tweets, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the people of India have once again given a decisive mandate to the BJP-led NDA, and reposed their faith in Modi's leadership and vision of New India.
Most of the exit polls have predicted that the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is on course to retain power for a second term, riding on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma like the way he swept to power in 2014.
After a deafening silence for the past three days, ever since polling for the final phase of the elections ended and multiple media channels screamed the return of Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi finally commented on the exit polls on Thursday.
His appeal to workers came a day after opposition parties raised concerns over reports of alleged tampering of EVMs and asked the Election Commission to ensure transparency in counting.
All exit polls predicted a thumping majority for BJP-led NDA government and a second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Yadav contested from Bihar's Madhepura parliamentary constituency as a Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) candidate.
In an audio message to party workers, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said they should not fall prey to "rumours and exit poll trends which are being promoted to undermine the spirits of Congress persons."
In the previous session, the Sensex ended 1,421.90 points, or 3.75 per cent, higher at 39,352.67, and the Nifty soared 421.10 points, or 3.69 per cent, to 11,828.25.
They will also move the Election Commission (EC) to press for their demand of tallying the paper trail of votes (VVPATs) with the electronic voting machine (EVM) figures.
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and Lok Janshakti Party head Ram Vilas Paswan are likely to attend the meeting.
Taking a swipe at TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu's efforts to forge an alliance of opposition parties, Sena said he was unnecessarily exhausting himself by running from pillar to post.
"In India, many people don't tell pollsters the truth fearing they might be from the government. Will wait till 23rd for the real results," Shashi Tharoor tweeted.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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