West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has made a stunning allegation against TV channels’ who broadcast their exit poll predictions on Sunday evening. She said that predictions favouring the BJP was a part of a larger ‘game plan’ to ‘manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip.’
She wrote on Twitter, “I don’t trust Exit Poll gossip. The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip.” Banerjee appealed to all non-NDA parties to be united. “I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together,” the West Bengal chief minister concluded.
I don’t trust Exit Poll gossip. The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip. I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold. We will fight this battle together
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) May 19, 2019
Banerjee’s reaction came moments after almost all exit polls predicted a landslide victory for the BJP under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some pollsters such as News24-Today’s Chanakya and Aaj Tak-AxisMyIndia predicted the BJP’s win to be bigger than even the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Only ABP-Nielsen has predicted the BJP to fall short of majority.
All India Lok Sabha Tally 2019
BJP 300 ± 14 Seats
NDA 350 ± 14 Seats
Cong 55 ± 9 Seats
UPA 95 ± 9 Seats
Others 97 ± 11 Seats#News24TodaysChanakya
— Today’s Chanakya (@TodaysChanakya) May 19, 2019
पोल ऑफ पोल में NDA को मिलता दिख रहा है बहुमत। देखिये किसके पोल ने किस पार्टी और गठबंधन को दी कितनी सीटें। #LokSabhaElections2019 #ATCard #AajTakAxisExitPoll के सभी अपडेट के लिए क्लिक करें: https://t.co/NzZ2f9LaSW pic.twitter.com/yXz4RLzKIy
— आज तक (@aajtak) May 19, 2019
Banerjee isn’t the only politician casting doubt on the possible rigging of votes using EVMs. Speaking exclusively to Janta Ka Reporter, even Congress President Rahul Gandhi had expressed his reservations both on EVMs and the conduct of the Election Commission. During the election process lasting over 40 days, there were several instances of suspicious movements of EVMs from strongrooms, where voting machines are stored after the voting process is concluded.
The seventh and last round of the voting concluded on 19 May with the counting scheduled for 23 May.