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Buoyant BJP discusses post-poll scenario

By Kalyan Barooah

NEW DELHI, May 13 � A day after most of the exit polls predicted victory for the BJP, its top leaders went into a huddle to deliberate on the post-poll scenario, while a sulking Congress party dismissed the poll predictions.

Top BJP leaders held consultations all through the day on Tuesday discussing with each other the post-poll situation in the wake of the exit poll projections of NDA�s possible win.

As part of the high-level consultations, former BJP president Nitin Gadkari met party patriarch LK Advani this afternoon and discussed with him the unfolding situation and post-poll scenario. He is also believed to have briefed Advani about his meeting with Modi in Gujarat. Gadkari had met Narendra Modi yesterday.

Party president Rajnath Singh met Sushma Swaraj, while Modi held meetings with a number of leaders, including Rajnath Singh, besides the Sangh leadership. Arun Jaitley is leaving for Gandhinagar tomorrow to meet Modi for a crucial round of discussion ahead of May 16. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh also met Modi yesterday.

BJP has reasons to be elated, as the party is scoring high even in States in the Northeast, where barring Assam, it had least expectations. AVP Star News has given 12 seats to the BJP, seven to Congress and six to others.

Meanwhile, Today�s Chanakya has given BJP eight seats in Assam, landing it at the top spot followed by the Congress with four seats.

For the Congress, Assam and Punjab were the only two states where the party hoping to reverse the trend of reverses in the Lok Sabha polls. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was confident of Congress making a clean sweep in Assam. The predictions, were reportedly based on the assumption that Muslims would desert the Badruddin Ajmal-led All India United Democratic Front, (AUDF), party sources said.

Meanwhile, Congress on Tuesday dismissed exit poll projections of a dismal performance by the party. Congress leader Digvijay Singh tweeted this morning that in a country of 800 million voters, a sample survey of a few lakh people cannot predict Lok Sabha election results.

Party general secretary Shakeel Ahmed also dismissed exit and opinion polls. He said that these were proved wrong in the 2004 and 2009 elections and the party will wait for the actual results on May 16.

Interestingly enough, even BJP today said the results of exit polls are not correct and the party expects to surpass the 300 mark.

Briefing newsmen, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said people voted enthusiastically for the BJP-led NDA this time as they want a stable government at the Centre.

He also said that with exit polls projecting a majority for the BJP-led NDA, Congress will now find a scapegoat in Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in its attempt to save Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from drawing flak.

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