Lalu now claims exit polls meant to influence counting

Last Updated: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 17:53

Patna: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav alleged on Monday that the exit polls projecting a landslide victory for
the NDA was meant to influence election authorities during
counting of votes.

Claiming that the just-concluded Assembly elections
will put the RJD-LJP alliance in power with two-thirds
majority, Yadav alleged that a conspiracy had been hatched by
the media through their surveys to influence personnel engaged
in counting of votes.

Those involved in counting should not be influenced
by pressure tactics and do their job freely and fairly, he
told a press conference here.

Asked whether he would take support from the Congress
if his alliance fell short of majority, Yadav said "there
will not be such need as we are confident of our victory."

He claimed that the bye-elections to 18 Assembly seats
in the state last year had indicated that there was strong
possibility of his alliance pulling off a two-thirds majority
this time as women and the poor had voted for them.

Yadav claimed that this section had voted for his
alliance because of the failure of the PDS system, opening of
liquor shops at every village, besides corruption among other
issues.

PTI



First Published: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 17:53

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