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Amidst looming defeat, Congress announces exit polls boycott, not to send spokespersons to TV channels

It has been speculated that several top pollsters have indicated the possible results of the polls to the opposition leaders.

The long seven-phase Lok Sabha elections are concluding tomorrow, 1st June, with the results to be counted on 4th June. However, the country will have some indications of the results by tomorrow evening, with several poll agencies and news networks expected to declare their exit polls. And now the Congress party has decided to boycott the exit polls.

News Channels generally conduct panel discussions while revealing exit poll results, and representatives of major political parties along with political analysts take part in such panels. However, the Congress party has decided not to participate in exit poll results on TV News channels starting tomorrow.

Issuing a statement on the decision, the Congress party said that it has decided to wait for the actual results on 4th June instead of taking the exit polls seriously. Therefore, the party will not send its spokespersons to TV channels when the Exit Polls are discussed. However, the party said that it will participate in TV debates from 4 June onward.

Party leader Pawan Khera posted on 𝕏, “Voters have cast their votes and their verdict has been secured. The results will be out on 4th June. Prior to that, we do not see any reason to indulge in speculation and slugfest for TRP. The Indian National Congress will not participate in the debates on #ExitPolls. The purpose of any debate should be to inform the people. We will happily partake in debates from 4th June onwards.”

It has been speculated that several top pollsters have indicated the possible results of the polls to the opposition leaders.

And now the party has decided to skip the TV discussions altogether instead of debating how they don’t believe the exit polls. This shows that the exit polls could be predicting a massive win for BJP-led NDA.

Several top agencies including Axis My India, Matrize, CNX, Today’s Chanakya, CVoter and others are expected to publish their exit poll results tomorrow after the end of voting. As per ECI rules, exit poll results can’t disclosed before 6.30 PM on the last day of the voting.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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