PM scoffs at exit polls, AAP ‘edge’

In his final rally before the upcoming Delhi Assembly election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday appealed to the people of Delhi to not get swayed by various pre-poll survey predictions which were suggesting a lead for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

Modi said these surveys “are prepared by some ‘bazaru log’ (people with marketing background). He was addressing a rally at DDA grounds under Ambedkar Nagar constituency. The survey results which came out in newspapers on Wednesday have hinted  at a steep decline in the number of seats for the BJP.

Modi also cited examples from the previous Delhi Assembly election in December 2013 in which some well-known pre-poll surveys had predicted a drubbing for BJP, which did not happen. He also recalled a poll survey published in Varanasi before the 2014 Lok Sabha election, which said that Modi would lose from the city with a margin above 1 lakh votes. Modi called himself a citizen of Delhi and said that the national capital should set example for other states, for which he, as a citizen of Delhi, would vote for development. “Development in health, education, security and basic amenities can only be assured by a stable government, which only BJP can provide,” said Modi. 

Addressing the big crowd present at the rally consisting largely of people belonging to the unauthorised and  JJ Colonies,the Prime Minister also said that some people and parties were conspiring against BJP, taking advantage of a recent error for which the party has already apologised and it was corrected immediately.

In its recently released Vision Document, BJP had ‘mistakenly’ termed people from the north-eastern states at immigrants. “I have visited Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and I have witnessed what they have to suffer. I assure that in five years I shall bring the development which the north-eastern states have been deprived of in the past fifty years,” said Narendra Modi. He further said that political vendetta should not affect the unity of the nation at any cost and it is very sad that some people are playing up the incident and instigating north-east people against BJP.

In the past five days, Narendra Modi addressed a series of rallies. It started on January 31 with a rally near east Delhi’s Karkardooma Court, followed by rallies in west Delhi’s Dwarka (February 2), north-west Delhi’s Rohini (February 3) and the last of them organised at south Delhi’s Ambedkar Nagar (February 4). Wednesday’s rally was attended by BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate from Delhi – Kiran Bedi – and all party candidates from the ten assemblies in south Delhi.

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