A day after the exit polls predicting that the NDA will win an equal foothold as the BJD in Odisha, BJD leader Amar Patnaik, on Monday has said that Biju Janata Dal (BJD) 'would probably support some party or combination which forms the Central government if it aggress to settle some of Odisha's long-standing issues,' speaking to ANI.
When asked about the Odisha exit polls released on Sunday, Amar Patnaik who is also the party's IT-cell head has said that it seemed too far-fetched citing that if the sample taken to predict the exit polls is inaccurate then the outcome would also be wrong. He also added that women voters in Odisha will be favouring Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
"They (media) are supposed to be asking questions after the voter he comes out of the polling booth. If the sample used does not represent the voters, then the outcome predicted would be wrong. In Odisha, the number of women voters is 2% higher than the male voters. We believe they (women) have proactively voted for BJD and Naveen Patnaik due to his work. The exit polls which have come yesterday seem too far fetched as far as the BJP is concerned," he said.
BJD which usually does not favour the NDA or the UPA in the central government, preferring to be neutral has been projected to lose its absolute majority in the seats by Republic double exit polls - CVoter and Jan Ki Baat.
As per CVoter projections, a neck-to-neck competition between BJP-led NDA and current CM Naveen Patnaik-led BJD is projected in Odisha as the Narendra Modi-led saffron party makes inroads into BJD's bastion with 10 and 11 seat-share respectively. BJD's projection at 11 is 9 seats less than what the party got in the 2014 polls, which was a massive 20 Lok Sabha seats, leaving just one to the BJP. UPA is predicted to left far behind with 0 mark, which is similar to its seat-share in the 2014 General Elections.
While Jan Ki Baat Exit Poll predicts BJP to win an estimated seat-share between 11 to 13, while BJD is projected to come second with an estimated seat share of 7 to 9. Congress is projected to be blanked out in Odisha at an estimated seat share of 0 to 1.
In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, polling for 21 Lok Sabha constituencies and 147 assemblies was held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases on April 11, 19, 23 and 29.