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Arvind Kejriwal Denounces Exit Polls as Manipulated and Fake, Urges Vigilance Among Counting Agents

New Delhi, 02-06-2024 : Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday vehemently dismissed exit polls as “absolutely fake,” alleging that the NDA-led BJP manipulated them to benefit their supporters in the stock market and create a false perception of victory.

Addressing party workers before his surrender to Tihar jail, Kejriwal declared, “Yesterday, the exit polls were released. Mark my words, all these exit polls are totally fake. For instance, there are a total of 25 seats in Rajasthan, yet an exit pollster allocated 33 out of 25 seats to the BJP. Clearly, the entire exit poll is absolutely false.”

He questioned the necessity of releasing a fake exit poll just three days before the actual counting, emphasizing, “This needs to be understood. Many theories are circulating. One suggests that the BJP has rigged the electronic voting machines (EVMs).”

Kejriwal advised his counting agents to remain fully alert and cautious, stressing the importance of vigilance during the counting process. “Until the end, even if you think you are losing, do not get up and leave. Often, after 2-3 rounds of counting, when there is a sense of defeat, people leave in despair. Do not do this,” he urged.

He reiterated that agents should stay until the final tally, ensuring that EVM slips are matched with VVPAT slips. “If they have indeed committed an EVM scam, we can expose it. Therefore, everyone must stay until the end, even if your candidate appears to be losing, and ensure the EVM slips are matched with VVPAT slips,” Kejriwal instructed.

Kejriwal accused the BJP of manipulating exit polls to benefit their stock market investments. “The exit polls showed many seats in favor of the NDA because their people have invested in the stock market. Tomorrow, when the stock market opens, there will be a significant gain, allowing them to sell their shares and make a profit,” he alleged.

He further suggested that the exit polls were designed to pressure the bureaucracy in the days leading up to the counting, creating an atmosphere where officials might be coerced into wrongful actions. “Another theory is that by creating an environment suggesting they are coming to power, they aim to put pressure on the bureaucracy for the next three days,” he claimed.

Kejriwal also speculated that the inflated exit poll numbers were a strategy to prevent internal dissent within the BJP and RSS. “If the exit polls had shown fewer seats, there might have been a rebellion within the RSS and BJP against Narendra Modi and Amit Shah,” he alleged.

Despite the numerous theories, Kejriwal remained confident, asserting, “My opinion is that their (BJP) government will not be formed on June 4.” He framed the election as a crucial battle for the nation’s future. “Each one of us must fight. This election is not about any party or leader; it is about saving our country and preserving democracy,” he added.