Patna: Stating that the `hue and cry` raised
by arch rival RJD chief Lalu Prasad over exit poll surveys was
`unjustified`, outgoing Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday said
whatever be the people`s mandate it should be acceptable to
Kumar, who was speaking to newsmen, said he, like an
ordinary citizen, was waiting with bated breath to know the
outcome of the poll tomorrow.
He lauded the role of the media in nation building and
Lalu Prasad should know that media had always given him the
Prasad`s charge against the media for the exit poll
surveys projecting land slide victory for NDA was `baseless`,
he said adding ``It is none other than Prasad who is himself
responsible for the distress he is in.``
``My duty was to place the facts related to development
of the state before the people at the time of electioneering
and I did it with utmost care ... Whether it was opinion poll
or exit poll surveys, these matters never bother me,`` Kumar
In reply to a question as to what prevented him from
holding joint electioneering with BJP leader L K Advani, Kumar
said emphasis was laid by NDA to cover most of the
constituencies by top leaders during electioneering.
He had joint election meetings with senior BJP leaders
Sushma Swaraj, Arun JaitleY and Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi
at several places in the sixth phase, he added.