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Oppn unimpressed, BJP confident

Exit polls trigger furious debate

Patna/New Delhi: Opposition parties Monday doubted the exit poll projections that the BJP-led NDA will retain power at the Centre, calling it "speculation" and "fraud" and contrary to ground reality but the ruling party asserted that the final result will be in consonance with the predictions.

As the exit polls triggered a debate whether it could be right or wrong, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said they are not the "final decision" but indicate that the BJP will once again come to power.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the results will be in consonance with the outcome of multiple exit polls.

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan said there is no need to rely on "speculations based on speculation".

Rejecting the exit polls as a "fraud", RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said they are simply compulsions of the market purveyed through a different name.

Unfazed by exit polls projections, the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC exuded confidence that it would play a major role in the formation of a new government for which it is in touch with various opposition parties.

Deputy CM and Congress leader G Parameshwara raised doubts over the EVMs, claiming that the BJP had sponsored the exit polls as the ground reality was different.

Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami made light of the exit polls suggesting a poor showing by the AIADMK, saying they were more of "imposing of opinion" and that the predictions will be proved wrong.

DMK President M K Stalin said he does not take the projections seriously and would wait for three days to know the people's mandate.

Two days ahead of the Lok Sabha poll results, top opposition leaders will meet in the national capital on Tuesday to discuss the political situation and possibilities of a non-NDA alliance to stake claim for government formation.

Opposition leaders will also meet the Election Commission and raise the issue of tallying the paper trail of votes with the electronic voting machine figures.

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