SP cries foul over exit poll results; alleges manipulation by TV channels under ‘pressure’

The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has alleged that the exit poll results have been manipulated by television channels.

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Lucknow, March 10: After the exit poll results predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to get the maximum number of seats in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017, the incumbent Samajwadi Party has cast aspersion on the validity of the entire process. "I have information that the original exit polls were changed under pressure by channels a few days ago," senior SP leader Ram gopal Yadav was quoted by ANI.

Looking at the high-stake UP exit poll results--all of them predicted that the BJP would emerge as the single largest party, but two gave the party a complete sweep to form the next government in the state. HuffPost-CVoter, MRC-NewsX and Lokniti-ABP all gave the BJP fewer than 200 seats in UP, while Times Now-VMR gave the party between 190-210 seats. However, Today's Chanakya and India Today - Axis My India gave the party a massive majority. In UP, a party needs 202 seats to form the government.

Ram Gopal Yadav

On Thursday, Ram Gopal asserted that Akhilesh Yadav will get a second consecutive term as chief minister in UP. Ram Gopal said the party along with the Congress will get 'absolute majority' in the state assembly as he ruled out possibility of a hung verdict.

"The Samajwadi Party-Congress combine is set to get absolute majority. We will win 236-240 seats...there is no question of hung assembly," the party general secretary told reporters on Parliament premises.

Even party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav said that the SP is coming to come in the state, once again. He added that his son will become the chief minister of the state.

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