Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah on Saturday held separate meetings and took stock of the Delhi polls, even as the party exuded confidence about forming a government in Delhi despite exit polls favouring the Aam Aadmi Party.
“Exit polls are there, but we know the ground reality. Our workers have worked hard through the day and are witness to people supporting the BJP in large numbers. Voters have cast their ballot in record numbers for the BJP. Wait till February 10, the BJP will win and form the government. We will get a clear majority,” Union Minister Ananth Kumar said after a meeting of top party leaders with Mr. Shah at the party headquarters.
Others who participated in the meeting included Union Ministers J. P. Nadda, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Birender Singh and Jitendra Singh, all of whom were given charge of a cluster of Assembly seats.
Prior to this meeting, Mr. Modi held a meeting with the party’s core group, that included Mr. Shah, BJP general-secretary (organisation) Ram Lal and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari to take stock of the Delhi polls and the political situation in Bihar.
The meeting lasted almost three hours, where the outcome of various exit polls that predicted a victory for the AAP were also discussed. Sources said Mr. Modi also took note of the polling pattern in the Delhi Assembly polls and discussed the BJP’s prospects.
The BJP is confident of bagging a majority to form its government in Delhi, after a high-decibel campaign in the Capital, where the Prime Minister addressed four rallies and the party put in all its might to take on the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP.
Mr. Modi is also learnt to have discussed the emerging political situation in Bihar, where the party is keen to wrest power.
While the party leaders did not trash the exit polls, they felt the BJP will form the government.