Exit polls change equations among Congress allies?


Sonia Gandhi extended invitations to non-NDA leaders for a meeting in Delhi on counting day on May 23. There was a good response to this from most leaders. Now the scene has changed to some extent because of exit polls. Some leaders are having second thoughts on the wisdom of attending this meeting. Almost all exit polls have predicted outright victory for the BJP-led NDA at the Centre.

BSP Supremo Mayawati is already indicating that she will agree for any meeting of anti-Modi leaders only after the poll results come out. Her decisions will have an impact on Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee is also unpredictable in this respect as she is the major contender for prime minister post.
On his part, Rahul Gandhi is dismissing exit polls as just another master plan to convince people that Modi is winning again and later to manipulate EVMs to BJP advantage. He is of the opinion that NDA will not cross 200 MP seats this time, which will leave ample scope for UPA and like minded parties to form the coalition government at the Centre. Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu is uniting opposition leaders to take the fight against Modi to a logical conclusion by preventing split among anti-BJP leaders.

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