Congress dismisses exit polls, says they are ‘orchestrated’ by PM Modi

INDIA bloc to get more than 295 seats, says Jairam Ramesh

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh | PTI Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh | PTI

With most of the exit polls predicting a landslide victory for the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, the Congress on Saturday claimed that the actual results would be very different. The opposition party even alleged that the exit polls had been “orchestrated” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The man whose exit is certain on June 4th has had these exit polls orchestrated. The INDIA Janbandhan will definitely get a minimum of 295 seats, which is a clear and decisive majority," Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said.

"The outgoing prime minister can remain smug for three days in the meanwhile. These are all psychological games he is masterminding but the actual results will be very different," he said on X.

Most of the exit polls predicted that Modi will retain power for a third straight term, with the BJP-led NDA expected to win a big majority. Some of the pollsters even claimed that the NDA will win more than 350 seats.

Earlier, the INDIA bloc leaders met at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence to discuss the preparations for the counting day. 

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Kharge said the INDIA alliance was poised to get more than 295 seats. 

“INDIA will get 295-plus seats, not less than that. This is our assessment. All the leaders today discussed this before we arrived at this figure. This is people's survey. This is not a 'sarkari' survey where figures are manipulated and their friends in the media hype things up,” he said.

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