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Exit poll predicting BJP’s return has Kashmir anxious


Srinagar, May 21 (KNS): The Exit Poll of Parliament election by different media organizations predicting return of BJP and NDA alliance has given rise of anxiety in Kashmir valley as people are wary about the safety of special status of the state.

BJP has promised abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A in its election manifesto and made Kashmir a major poll plank in its elections campaign for parliament elections.

Anxiety has crept in among the people and political parties about the BJP returning back to power with a thumping majority.

Political parties expressed doubts over the exit polls predictions.

National Conference said it is skeptical about the exit poll predictions.

“However, if the results are in BJP's favour, we can’t change that. People are scared of BJP returning to power for the rightwing party wants to attack special status of the state. But in coming assembly elections people in Kashmir will have to take a careful decision during voting. National Conference will defend and safeguard special status of the state come what may,” National Conference provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani told Kashmir News Service (KNS).

PDP said that exit polls cannot be relied upon, but if the BJP comes back to power, PDP will strategies according to protect special status of the state.

“Exit polls cannot be trusted as different exit polls show varying predictions. Let’s wait for May 23. Regarding safety of article 370 and 35-A in case BJP returns to power, our party is ready to protect it and we will form a right strategy to protect special status of the state,” PDP chief spokesman Rafi Ahmad Mir told Kashmir News Service (KNS).

Pradesh Congress Committee president G A Mir trashed the exit polls saying that every exit poll shows different results.

“There is a lot of confusion and variation in exit polls. After May 23, NDA will sit in opposition and Congress will form the government,” Mir told reporters during a party function at PCC office in Srinagar. (KNS)