Patna: RJD supremo Lalu Prasad on Sunday
rubbished the exit polls conducted by news channels that
projected a landslide victory for the ruling NDA in Bihar
Assembly elections and claimed the RJD-LJP alliance would form
the government with a two-third majority.
"I have been in politics since 1977, and understand the
pulse of the people better than anybody. According to my
assessment, the RJD-LJP alliance will come to power as the
electorate has rejected the NDA outright," the former chief
minister told reporters.
Angry over the news channels broadcasting exit polls
midway through the elections, Prasad alleged the media was
doing a "dirty work" to help its "benefactors".
Prasad said contrary to the psephologists` claim that
women voters favoured NDA; it was the RJD-LJP combine that had
obtained support of the women as they belonged to the poor and
downtrodden communities, which have been the core constituents
of his alliance.
If the surveyors were so sure of the outcome of the
Assembly polls, then why did not they specify which seat is
going to which party, he asked.
"I will meet the EC with a full delegation seeking a ban
on the survey and exit polls after the conclusion of the
Assembly poll process," he said.
Prasad also alleged the print media for their "lop sided"
coverage of the elections and said that the reportage was not
news, but views.
The leaders and workers of the RJD-LJP combine have
suffered "mental torture" due to "paid news" in the newspapers
apparently to benefit their benefactors, he alleged.
Prasad appealed to the Election Commission to conduct the
counting with transparency, by keeping a watch over the poll
officials, including observers, and ensure that the results
were announced only after proper verification.
LJP general secretary Satyanand Sharma and its media
in-charge Lalan Chandravanshi also echoed Prasad`s
observations, saying the survey outcomes are "preposterous".
They alleged, "Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has spent Rs
46 crore on getting the exit polls and surveys project a
landslide verdict in favour of the NDA, knowing that the
electorate has rejected it during the six-phase polls."
Sharma and Chandravanshi told reporters that LJP supremo
Ram Vilas Paswan had written to the Election Commission last
week, demanding it to conduct the counting of votes in a free,
fair and transparent manner.