Shashi Tharoor gives example of Australian elections where all 56 exit polls were wrong, says 'wait for real results'

New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Monday rejected the predictions of exit polls and said that he will wait till 23 May for the "real results".

"I believe the exit polls are all wrong. In Australia last weekend, 56 different exit polls proved wrong. In India, many people don't tell pollsters the truth fearing they might be from the government. Will wait till 23rd for the real results," Tharoor tweeted.

 Shashi Tharoor gives example of Australian elections where all 56 exit polls were wrong, says wait for real results

File image of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor. PTI

In another tweet, Tharoor wrote, "Actually they CAN all be wrong, as Australia (a much smaller and less diverse country than India) showed us last weekend. But you're right that we are all better off waiting for the 23rd than wasting our time in empty debate about these imaginary numbers."

Besides him, several other Opposition leaders have expressed disappointment over the exit polls."Every single exit poll can't be wrong! Time to switch off the TV, log out of social media & wait to see if the world is still spinning on its axis on the 23rd," tweeted National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah. Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu too on Sunday said that Exit Polls have failed to catch the people's pulse.

"Time and again exit polls have failed to catch the people's pulse. Exit polls have proved to be incorrect and far from ground reality in many instances. While undoubtedly TDP government will be formed in AP, we are confident that non-BJP parties will form a non-BJP government at the Centre," tweeted Naidu.

Exit polls on television channels on Sunday projected the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to retain power at the Centre with most of the pollsters giving Prime Minister Narendra Modi a clear majority again in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

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Updated Date: May 20, 2019 10:49:50 IST