Exit polls...

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTNATION -

“The anger was very pal­pa­ble against the BJP in these elec­tions and peo­ple were will­ing and happy to ac­cept the blue­print given by the Congress,” said se­nior Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who is also the party’s con­tender for the top post in Ra­jasthan. “Peo­ple want an­swers for ques­tions which they have avoided for the last five years as prices rise, farm­ers are in dis­tress and the econ­omy is col­laps­ing.”

He added: “It is very easy to see that the BJP is on the back­foot in all these five state assem­bly polls and the Congress is giv­ing an al­ter­na­tive which most peo­ple are en­dors­ing and that is the take away from these exit polls.”

A bet­ter re­sult for the Congress will be a morale booster for the op­po­si­tion party and Gandhi, af­ter a se­ries of de­ba­cles in state elec­tions since the 2014 gen­eral elec­tions. Ear­lier this year, the party formed a post-poll al­liance with the Janata Dal (Sec­u­lar) to re­tain power in Karnataka, where the BJP emerged as the sin­gle largest party.

BJP spokesman GVL Narasimha Rao said: “The Congress

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