"Exit polls appear to be biased...will sweep northern Karnataka", HK Patil after LS polls predictions

After the exit polls on Sunday predicted a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader and Karnataka minister HK Patil claimed on Monday that the poll predictions appear to be 'biased', and exuded confidence that the party will sweep northern Karnataka.


ANI | Updated: 03-06-2024 13:56 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 13:56 IST
"Exit polls appear to be biased...will sweep northern Karnataka", HK Patil after LS polls predictions
Congress leader and Karnataka Minister HK Patil (Photo/ANI). Image Credit: ANI
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After the exit polls on Sunday predicted a landslide victory for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress leader and Karnataka minister HK Patil claimed on Monday that the poll predictions appear to be 'biased', and exuded confidence that the party will sweep northern Karnataka. In a conversation with ANI, Patil said, "Exit polls appear to be biased... We will secure more than 16 seats in Karnataka....We will sweep North Karnataka....None of the exit polls gave the sample size of the places they have surveyed..."

The exit polls on Sunday predicted a landslide victory for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the LS polls. According to India Today-Axis My India exit polls, NDA is predicted to win 361-401 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. The INDIA bloc is expected to win 131-166 seats, it said and gave 8 to 20 seats to other parties. The Republic PMarq exit poll gave 359 of 543 seats to NDA, 154 to INDIA bloc and 30 to others. Republic Matrize poll gave 353-368 seats to NDA, 118-113 to the INDIA bloc and 43-48 to others. The NewsX Dynamics gave 371 seats to NDA, 125 to INDIA bloc and 47 to others.

According to the exit polls, the JDS-BJP alliance in Karnataka is poised to win 23 of the 28 seats, of which BJP will end up winning 22 seats. The Congress on the other hand may win five seats. Meanwhile, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar has also expressed confidence that the INDIA bloc, formed to take on the BJP, will emerge victorious in the election.

Earlier on Sunday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, on being asked about the number of seats the INDIA bloc would win in the Lok Sabha polls, jokingly replied, "Sidhu Moose Wala ka song suna hai aapne?" (Have you heard Sidhu Moose Wala's song) referring to "295"; he replied 295 seats. Meanwhile, the BJP leaders, rejoicing at the poll predictions, stated that the people of the country have voted in record numbers to elect the NDA government for a third term.

"I can say with confidence that the people of India have voted in record numbers to reelect the NDA government. They have seen our track record and the manner in which our work has brought about a qualitative change in the lives of the poor, marginalised and downtrodden", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a post on 'X'. If the exit poll predictions come true on June 4 when votes are counted, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will become the only PM after Jawaharlal Nehru to win three successive terms in Lok Sabha polls. The exit polls predicted 'Modi 3.0' with PM Modi having led the BJP's poll effort through rallies and roadshows in various parts of the country.

The Lok Sabha polls were held in seven phases starting from April 19. (ANI)

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