Bengaluru: Exit polls used to create false impression: CM Kumaraswamy


Bengaluru, May 20 (IANS): Slamming the exit poll results, which projected a big win for the BJP-led NDA government in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Monday said their predictions were being used to create a false impression of a Modi wave across the country.

"The artificially engineered or manufactured Modi wave is being used by the BJP to lure regional parties well in advance to fill any shortfall after the results on May 23," said a miffed Kumaraswamy in a series of tweets.

Noting that the exit poll exercise was an effort to create a false impression of a wave in favour of one particular leader and his party, Kumaraswamy said undue importance should not be given to polls, which just give temporary numbers.

Sharing the concern of the opposition parties on the credibility of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), the Chief Minister said they even knocked the doors of the Supreme Court to revert to the traditional ballot paper elections in order to avoid defective machines that are vulnerable to fraud.

Most exit polls have predicted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win more seats (18-23) than the ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and Congress combine, which fielded joint candidates in all the 28 parliamentary constituencies in the southern state.

As part of a pre-poll seat-sharing arrangement, the Congress contested in 21 and the JD-S in 7 constituencies.

The BJP contested 27 seats and supported south Indian multi-lingual film actor Sumalatha Ambareesh, who is in the fray as an Independent from Mandya, against Kumaraswamy's son Nikhil Gowda, grandson of JD-S supremo H.D. Deve Gowda.

In the 2014 general elections, the BJP won 17 seats, Congress 9 and JD-S 2.

 

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  • YASHH, Mangalore

    Wed, May 22 2019

    Soon the troll pages will be updated as "KUMARA YELLIDYAPPA" & you will be answering "RESORTALLI IDDINAPPA"

    Work for the development of society no EVM can make you loose in any elections.

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  • ummar, mangalore

    Tue, May 21 2019

    no respect for election in india anymore, if they replace the EVM what is meaning of election .

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Kumaranna, accept the defeat gracefully and get prepared for the next GE with hardwork, dedication and good work for the development of the state. Let people of Karnataka accept you as our CM. EVM, vote buying all are coffee shop talks. Actual reality will be out tomorrow. Don't rule your dynasty based on luck with out any development of the state.
    Jai Hind.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi / Mumbai

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Giving marks before elections are out?

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  • George, Mangalore

    Tue, May 21 2019

    Don’t worry, you have every chance of becoming PM.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Amit Shah wanted to know the exact number of EVM's to be Replaced ...

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  • El En Tea, Mumbai

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Exit poll to adjust the EVM by Kuthantra

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Mon, May 20 2019

    Exit polls of secret ballot, itself illegal, how can it be relied upon?

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  • GM, Mangalore

    Mon, May 20 2019

    This accidental CM continues with his excuses and drama. It's high time this government winds up and Kumara tries his luck in films and the dynasty retires from.politics.

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