AMRITSAR: Rejecting the exit poll predictions, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday claimed that the SAD-BSP alliance would form the next government in Punjab. He said ruling Congress would not get more than 20 seats in this election.
Speaking to reporters after paying obeisance at Golden temple here, Badal questioned the accuracy and authenticity of exit polls. “Last time, the same polls gave 100 seats to AAP (Aam Aadmi Party). They got twenty. This time also the exit polls have got their figures wrong.”
Exit polls conducted by survey agencies and TV channels have predicted a clear majority to Arvind Kejriwal’s party in the state.
“Opinion and exit polls are now a scam that amounts to electoral malpractice through bags of govt money to subvert free and fair poll. Exit polls show an unethical collusion between Satta and TV channels,” he said, adding that the SAD-BSP alliance will secure a majority in the state.
Demanding a ban on exit as well as opinion polls, Badal said: “It seems governments have started misusing these polls to influence voters. The polls have become paid polls. The Election Commission should look into this and ban such polls immediately.”
Asserting that the SAD was the voice of the ‘panth’ and Punjab, Badal said that his party hopes to get another chance to serve the people of the state and promised a “new era of peace and prosperity”.
He also said that the Congress government in the state had failed miserably in coordinating evacuation of students trapped in Ukraine. “Not just this, they should have been given humanitarian aid too. Instead Channi was indulged in dramas and has failed to realize that the polls are now over,” Badal said.
Badal said education would be the top most priority of the government the SAD-BSP comes to power. “We will create new modern schools which will provide integrated education to students in each block,” he added.
Badal called the case against party leader Bikram Singh Majithia, asserting that the party would fight for justice in court against what he called “vendetta”.