The chief ministers of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on Sunday expressed confidence in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the recently concluded assembly elections.
Their comments came two days after exit polls predicted a complete rout of the BJP in Rajasthan and a possibility of the Congress gaining the upper hand in the other two states.
Reiterating that the BJP will for the government in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the Congress is rattled and might create “obstacles” at the time of counting of votes.
“BJP is going to form the govt. Congress is distressed. Like they first raised suspicion on EVMs and doubted EC, they’ll try to create obstacles at the time of counting too,” Chouhan, who has been ruling MP for 13 years, said on Sunday.
Commenting on a meeting he had at the party office in the state on Saturday, Chouhan said that state BJP chief Rakesh Singh has told district presidents and incharges to “stay calm but alert”.
Chouhan had on Saturday rejected the predictions of some exit polls that the Congress might pull the chair from under him.
Speaking to reporters in Umaria, the MP Chief Minister, who is eyeing a second 5-year-term, said, “There cannot be a surveyor bigger than me, someone who is among the people day in and day out. Therefore I am saying this confidently that BJP will form the government.”
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje held a meeting with senior BJP leaders in Jaipur on Sunday and echoed the confidence of her Madhya Pradesh counterpart.
“I am very confident. We will definitely form the government with majority,” she said.
Both opinion polls, which were conducted before the voting, and exit polls, which were released on 7 December at the end of polling, unanimously predicted a BJP defeat. Not a single opinion or exit poll gave the BJP the upper hand.
On Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Raman Singh said that the situation of a hung assembly, as had been predicted by some exit polls, will not arise.
“Situation of hung assembly will not come. BJP will form government with majority. I am confident that BJP will come to power for the fourth time without anyone’s support,” Singh said.
Raman Singh has been the Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh for a record 15 years and is the only BJP leader to have achieved the feat. If he wins a fourth time, Singh will end his tenure as the fifth longest-ruling CM in India’s history.
Counting of votes will be held on 11 December.