KOLKATA: The Bengal BJP chose not to read much into the exit poll predictions, saying huge turnouts in Bengal’s hinterland — despite Covid — indicated that people had decisively voted for a change.
“Wait for two more days,” said Bengal BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu, in his initial reactions after the various exit poll results were published. “When you get to see the results, you will see BJP has won Bengal with a comfortable majority,” he added.
State BJP leaders also said that various exit polls differed by over 50 when it came to the seat count; that meant that the “margin of error” was way beyond the 10%-15% mark, and unreliable to base any logical decisions on.
“BJP will win with a comfortable majority,” said Sisir Bajoria, the party spokesperson, adding, “I would not read much into the exit poll results, as between the highest seats given to BJP to the lowest, the gap is huge. It only shows the fallacy of these polls. In a state where the demography is so varied, a small sample size can never give a right prediction.” Did Covid pandemic have any impact? “This had impacted both BJP and Trinamool Congress,” he answered, adding, “The high turnout despite Covid in Bengal’s hinterland is an indication that people have decisively voted for change.”