MP, Ch’garh exit polls leave Cong ‘hands crossed’

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Ab­hi­lash Khan­dekar cor­re­spon­[email protected]­

Bhopal: With the exit polls throw­ing up pretty mixed for­tunes for the main con­tenders in twin states of Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh, the lead­ers of both Congress and BJP par­ties are sure to have sleep­less nights un­til Tues­day.

Lead­ing poll re­sults pre­dic­tion agen­cies, the na­tional and re­gional TV chan­nels have opened up a kind of Pan­dora’s box with their pre-re­sult sur­veys and statis­tics. All three pos­si­ble op­tions have been pre­dicted — ma­jor­ity to BJP, ma­jor­ity to Congress and a hung house with both par­ties com­ing close to the mag­i­cal fig­ure of 115 in MP and 45 in the neigh­bour­ing state of Ch­hat­tis­garh but not cross­ing it.

NDTV is among the clos­est giv­ing BJP 40 and Congress 43 seats in Ch­hat­tis­garh (to­tal 90 seats) while in MP it pre­dicts 110 seats for BJP and 108 seats for Congress — mean­ing no party is form­ing gov­ern­ment here with clear ma­jor­ity. But Times Now sug­gests a clear ver­dict in favour of BJP in MP, though with less num­ber of seats. A re­gional chan­nel, News State of the Delhi-based News Na­tion says BJP is get­ting 108112 seats against 105-109 for Congress, thus con­fus­ing the ne­tas and fol­low­ers no end. ABP chan­nel has given a clear ver­dict in favour of Congress form­ing gov­ern­ment in MP.

The exit polls have ac­tu­ally thrown up a hazy pic­ture with no one in a po­si­tion to surely

pre­dict a cor­rect num­ber. There are at least 10 in­de­pen­dent agen­cies and TV chan­nels which have thrown up var­i­ous statis­tics about the pop­u­lar­ity of chief min­is­ters, vot­ing per­cent­age, is­sues around which the polls were con­ducted and so on. “But with al­most ev­ery agency con­tra­dict­ing other’s pre­dic­tions, the sce­nario has per­plexed me,” ad­mit­ted a se­nior jour­nal­ist from Raipur.

BJP in­sid­ers, how­ever, say “ir­re­spec­tive of some exit polls show­ing Congress ahead of us, we are form­ing gov­ern­ment in both states on the ba­sis of good gov­er­nance, wel­fare schemes and the or­gan­ised way we fought the polls.”

Smile that left ‘ne­tas’ baf­fled

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