BHOPAL: With exit polls predicting a neck and neck fight in the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, both BJP and Congress are not ready to buy the claims and are insisting that they will form the government with majority. While the counting of votes will be held on December 11, the results will have a direct impact on the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
The exit polls conducted by various agencies predicted a close finish between both Congress and BJP however, giving an edge to the grand old party in the fiercely contested battles. In the number game, BJP has stoutly defended itself stating it will win a simple majority easily. The BJP seems to have has given up on its slogan of “Abki Bar, 200 Par” over its traditional rival Congress. Both the parties are also eyeing on the 37 odd rebel candidates who have been predicted by the opinion polls as to win. Almost a dozen rebels who are contesting against the saffron party’s official candidates have a fair chance to win the battle. An equal number of dissidents have also turned to be a headache for the Congress leaders.
Both the parties are eyeing on candidates from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Samajwadi Party (SP), apart from independents, to grab the magic number if failed to get majority seats.
“Almost five senior leaders from the party have emerged stronger in the fray. We are hopeful that they would support their Matra Sanstha (parent organisation) if elected to the assembly. Party seniors now feel that some of the tickets could have been adjusted on the basis of winnability criteria”, admitted a senior BJP functionary pleading anonymity. In three major regions, rebels are playing spoilsport for the BJP. Some caste-based parties are also affecting the vote equation for BJP candidates. The party has already begun a damage control exercise in these areas. During assembly elections in 2013, the fate of more than 33 candidates was decided by less than one per cent votes. In Congress, Digvijaya Singh had played a crucial role to ward off the imminent danger by pacifying rebels. This time again party leaders are expecting him to play his magic through past relations.
“Digvijaya has succeeded to pacify more than 10 rebels who had threatened to contest against the official Congress candidates this year. He will be monitoring overall developments during the counting of votes and fate of party rebels. He is also eyeing on the Independent candidates who could emerge victorious and ready to extend support to the Congress”, said a senior Congress leader. In BJP, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chohan and Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar had initiated the exercise to convince the rebels but, most of them were unhappy with the decisions taken by Chouhan during ticket distribution. Some of the BJP leaders who have joined Congress or other political parties are least expected to return, said sources.
“We are making a clean sweep. There are no ifs and buts and exit poll results are only an eyewash. Congress is making fake propaganda to create hype. The party can claim anything but we are confident and ready for a new inning”, said BJP state head, Rakesh Singh.
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Well, let”s accept it – BJP has lost the Exit Polls comprehensively … now their only hope is the Real Poll Results