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AAP leaders reject exit polls; terms Delhi goof-up as a result of being a newbie in the politics
Only 24 hours are left for the announcement of the Lok Sabha 2014 results. Before the real results, the exit polls are already out predicting the possible outcome. One party which would be really upset with the exit polls is Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), that performed outstandingly in the Delhi Assembly elections last year. The exit polls have given only 0-5 seats to AAP, which have certainly upset the party leaders.
AAP has rejected the exit poll results saying that one should wait for the official results on May 16. One of the Mumbai based spokespersons of the party Preeti Sharma Menon ruled out the predictions made by the exit polls about AAP while saying that exit polls were never able to make correct predictions about a new party contesting the elections.

"I don't think an exit poll is ever able to understand the performance of the new party. If we historically look at the polls, whenever there has been a new party contesting the elections, exit polls have not been able to predict about its performance. And it's not possible whatever science you apply. There is a lot of stuff behind the exit polls as and the only purpose of such polls is to maintain TRP of the channels till the declaration of the actual results of the elections,” said Menon. 

Jarnail Singh, an AAP MLA in Delhi, who fought Lok Sabha polls while reacting over the outcome of the exit polls questioned their authenticity.

"These exit polls are not authentic. And we have experienced it during assembly elections, which predicted that AAP will get 2-3 seats but we actually won 28 seats. I feel such exit polls exist just to influence the vote bank. And I think election commission should take major action against these polls and banned them as they create absurdity around," said Singh. 

Not only the leaders of the AAP but the volunteers who worked for the party during the Lok Sabha polls thoroughly rejected the exit polls' results. One such volunteer Amar, who took leave from his MNC job and worked with the party's Lok Sabha candidate Jarnail Singh from South-West Delhi constituency, said that the exit polls give paid results.

"Ye exit polls aise hain jaise road side pe baithe huye vo pandit, jinhe aap jitna paisa do, vo apka utana hi acha bhavishya batate hain (exit polls are like those road side astrologers who predict your future according to the fee paid by you). So they are not reliable. We have visited middle class and poor people and their votes are with us, as they were pretty satisfied with our societal work. So, the authenticity of such predictions are dubious," said Amar. 

Contrary to the results predicted by the exit polls, Amar expressed confidence that AAP will get good number of seats in Punjab (5-8 seats) and Delhi (3-5 seats).

One reason that is being perceived behind such a bad performance by AAP in Lok Sabha polls, as indicated by in exit polls, is party's decision to quit the government in Delhi.

Party president Arvind Kejriwal had already indicated that Delhi goof-up was a mistake. After Kejriwal, now one more key leader of the party Kumar Vishwas, who has fought Lok Sabha polls from Amethi against Rahul Gandhi, has said that it was a mistake.

On the acceptance of AAP bigwigs that Delhi goof-up was a big mistake, the party spokesperson Preeti Sharma Menon clarified while saying that newbies make mistakes.

"They hadn't repented but rue upon their impromptu decision without consulting it with common man. People were not prepared for the decision of AAP and the suddenness of decision hurt people sentiments. People were happy with AAPs performance before and even elected him as well. He took decision on party's principle but unfortunately that decision was wrong. AAP was not ready to compromise that's why such thing occurred. And it is belief that newbies make mistakes in any field and hence we did the same," said Menon. 


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