Uttar Pradesh Assembly Polls 2017: Ram Gopal rejects exit poll predictions, claims SP-Congress alliance will form government

By: | Published: March 10, 2017 10:10 AM

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav today sought to reject reports of the alliance of his party and the Congress may not be able to form government in Uttar Pradesh.

Original exit polls were changed by the news channels under pressure few days back, he says. (ANI)

Senior Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav today sought to reject reports of the alliance of his party and the Congress may not be able to form government in Uttar Pradesh. Speaking to reporters in the Parliament complex he expressed confidence that the alliance will win polls. He also claimed that the original exit polls were changed by the news channels under pressure few days back.As per exit polls while some channels are claiming that the BJP will be able to form government with majority mark, others claim hung Assembly with BJP becoming the single largest party in the state Assembly.

Yesterday, with Exit Polls showing ‘lotus’ blooming in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has made a huge statement. Speaking to BBC radio he said that he is ready for a post-poll tie-up with BSP’s Mayawati in the case of hung assembly. “Will do anything to keep BJP out. A tie-up with BSP will be better than President rule in UP,” he told BBC radio.

BSP was quick to respond to Akhilesh Yadav’s offer. “We will wait for the results,” BSP said according to Times Now. According to the Times Now VMR Exit Poll, the BJP, and its allies can win seats in the range of 190 to 210 in Uttar Pradesh. It will need 203 seats for forming the government and return to power after 14 years. This exit poll has predicted 110-130 seats for the Samajwadi party-Congress alliance, 57-74 seats for the BSP and 8 seats for others.

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The MRC Exit poll has predicted over 185 seats for the BJP. In what may surprise many, the MRC Exit polls predict just 120 seats for Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance, 90 seats for Bahujan Samaj Party (BS) and eight seats for others. ABP-CSDS exit polls, however, predicted a neck-to-neck fight between SP-Congress and BJP. The saffron party can win 175 seats while the SP-Congress combine may get 163 seats. Mayawati-led BSP may have to be happy with just 66 seats.

After a two-months high-pitched battle for power in Uttar Pradesh, all eyes are now on the Assembly elections result to be announced on Saturday. But before that, it is time for exit polls that may or may not give a clear picture about the winning party. On several occasions in past, exit polls have gone terribly wrong. But then they do manage to give a sense of polls to the voters sometimes.

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