The meeting has been called by AICC general secretary Ajay Maken, who is in-charge of the party's communication department.

According to sources, Congress vice- president Rahul Gandhi will also be present in the meeting.

Gandhi is expected to brief the spokespersons on the party’s position depending on the poll verdict on Friday. Sources say the meeting has been called in an effort to ensure that the party sends out a clear, coherent message in a single voice.

The exit polls are giving between 249 and 290 seats to the Narendra Modi-led grouping, which is close to the half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha.

According to an exit poll by NDTV-Hansa, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to get 279 seats in Lok Sabha elections, crossing the required majority mark in the 543-member House while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alone could clock its highest-ever tally of 235 seats.

On the other hand, the ruling Congress-led UPA was tipped to get between 101 and 148 seats while 'others', including regional parties and Left, were projected to get between 146 and 156 seats.

The Congress leaders have so far dismissed the exit polls, saying such surveys were proved wrong in 2004 and 2009.

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