Times Now on Sunday predicted a huge win for the BJP in this year’s Lok Sabha polls. Its prediction said that the BJP-led NDA will win 306 seats while the Congress-led alliance may have to contend with 132 seats.
The TV channel owned by Times of India group kept flashing the vote share for each party in its regional breakdown. It said that the BJP’s vote share in Uttarakhand will be 51.6%, the Congress’ vote share 38.81%. It also said that the vote share of the BSP will be little over 2% and the same for the AAP will stand at 2.9%.
No sooner did the Times Now flash its numbers, AAP MP Sanjay Singh took to Twitter to slam the TV channel for releasing fake numbers since his party had not contested this year’s Lok Sabha polls in Uttarakhand. He wrote, “This is clear now that this exit poll has been conducted under the influence of alcohol or collected by sitting at home or by taking bribe from the BJP.How can AAP secure 2.9% in a state where it is not fighting elections.” Singh ended his tweet with a hashtag demanding ban on the sale of opium.
अब साफ़ हो गया ये EXIT POLL या तो नशे की हालत में बनाया गया है या घर में बैठकर बनाया गया है या फिर BJP वालों से रिश्वत खाकर बनाया गया है जहाँ AAP लड़ नही रही वहाँ 2.9% Vote कैसे मिल रहा है? ये क्या मज़ाक़ है? #गाँजे_की_बिक्री_पर_रोक_लगाओ https://t.co/ipttfKEjbH
— Sanjay Singh AAP (@SanjayAzadSln) May 19, 2019
Minutes after Singh’s tweet, Times Now deleted its tweet on AAP. However, it was too late since many social media users had saved the screenshot. (See below)
Sunday’s exit polls predicted big wins for the BJP. Republic TV predicted a landslide for NDA with 295-315 seats, while Times Now-VMR exit poll gave 306 seats to NDA and 132 to UPA. According to Aaj Tak, the NDA was set to win as many as 365 seats, many more than it won in 2014. ABP TV was the only channel that said that the NDA may fall short of the majority.