Minutes after the exit polls projected the return of a BJP-led NDA government, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said it was not possible for all the surveys to go wrong.
“Every single exit poll can’t be wrong! Time to switch off the TV, log out of social media & wait to see if the world is still spinning on its axis on the 23rd,” Abdullah, the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, posted on Twitter.
Abdullah’s tweet came minutes after almost all the exit polls conducted by different organisations predicted a full majority for the BJP-led NDA government.
The seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections got underway on Sunday, hours after which the exit polls predicted a comeback for the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Two exit polls by Times Now give the NDA 296 and 306 seats and predict 126 and 132 for the Congress-led UPA. On the other hand, the CVoter-Republic exit poll forecasts 287 seats for the NDA and 128 for the UPA.
Meanwhile, Neta-News X said the NDA would fall short of the majority, winning 242 seats. It gives the UPA 164 seats.
A News18 exit poll said NDA would win 292-312 seats and UPA would get only 62-72.
However, the exit polls have not always proved to be right and therefore the real picture will be clear only on May 23, when the votes polled at all 542 seats in the seven phases will be counted.