Time to switch off TV, says Omar Abdullah as exit polls point to NDA win

SRINAGAR: News channels were still discussing exit poll data on the evening of May 19 when a tweet on Omar Abdullah's Twitter page suggested he had had enough.

"Every single exit poll can't be wrong," he wrote, as multiple surveys pointed to either a clear win or a considerable advantage for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the coalition led by the BJP.

Three exit polls, including the India Today-Axis My India poll, predict that the NDA will win over 300 seats.

"Time to switch off the TV, log out of social media and wait to see if the world is still spinning on its axis on the 23rd," he wrote, referring to the day on which votes will be counted.

The Jammu and Kashmir chief minister is the vice-president of the National Conference party, an ally of the Congress.

Several exit polls suggest that the Congress and its allies have failed to get close to even the 150-mark.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who heads the Trinamool Congress (not a UPA ally but an opposition party), said she did not trust exit poll "gossip".

"The game plan is to manipulate or replace thousands of EVMs through this gossip. I appeal to all Opposition parties to be united, strong and bold, she tweeted.

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