NEW DELHI: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party functionaries, including Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, on Saturday claimed that the exit polls, which predicted a clean sweep for the Aam Aadmi Party, would fail when the votes were counted on February 11. An average of the exit polls predicted that the broom (AAP’s symbol) would sweep Delhi on February 11.
Some of the exit polls even predicted that AAP would repeat its 2015 landslide victory when it bagged 67 out of 70 seats. Putting up a brace face, Tiwari claimed that BJP would win 48 seats and form the government in the capital.
“All of these exit polls will fail. Save my tweet carefully. BJP will win 48 seats and form the government in Delhi… Please do not search for excuses to blame EVMs,” he tweeted.

Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma claimed that BJP would win 50 seats, while 16 seats would go to AAP and four to Congress. Union home minister Amit Shah held a review meeting with Delhi MPs and other party functionaries at the end of polling to analyse the performance of the party at the booth level and get a feedback.
The meeting was also attended by party national president Jagat Prakash Nadda. In the extensive election campaign, both Shah and Nadda had claimed that BJP would win more than 45 seats in Delhi. The exit polls boosted AAP’s confidence, which was already hoping to form the next government.
“People voted on the basis of work done by AAP even as BJP kept calling chief minister Arvind Kejriwal names and tried to communalise the election. BJP functionaries didn’t discuss the vision of the party and focused on communal politics. I feel that the people of Delhi have given their verdict. It will be out on February 11. I am confident that the results will be better than 2015,” AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh said.
AAP functionaries, however, are not letting their guards down about electronic voting machines. Kejriwal called a meeting to review AAP’s performance in the election and directed party functionaries to keep a vigil outside the strong rooms where the EVMs have been stored.
AAP workers were also following the movement of EVMs from the polling booths to the strong rooms.
Tweeting a video of a DTC bus carrying EVMs standing in the middle of the road, Sanjay Singh urged the Election Commission to take cognisance. The location of the bus was, however, not clear. Delhi Congress chief Subhash Chopra also rejected the exit polls and said they would turn out to be wrong.

“Congress will surprise everyone with its performance,” he said.


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