Exit polls don`t match election results: Sitaram Yechury

Last Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 21:00

New Delhi: CPI-M on Friday sought to dismiss exit polls which showed major gains for BJP in recently held elections in the five states, saying they have always failed to match the actual results.

"Have the exit polls and the election results ever matched? Till now exit polls have proved wrong," senior party leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here when his attention was drawn to the exit poll results.

According to the polls, BJP is all set to win in Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh while it appeared to have an edge in a hung assembly in Delhi.

Yechury said during the last elections, one of the exit poll results was immediately removed from a website after it went wrong.

He refused to comment on the controversy surrounding the Communal Violence Bill, saying he would not like to react until the draft of the Bill was tabled in Parliament.

"Let the draft Bill come. You want me to talk without the draft. As Members of Parliament, we make laws. We make laws on the basis of a draft legislation. There is no draft legislation before us," he said.

Yechury criticised the government for not bringing the Bill earlier, despite it being part of the UPA-I`s Common Minimum Programme.

He had earlier said that the draft legislation, that had been later sent to the Standing Committee, had provisions which could jeopardise Centre-State relations, as law and order was a state subject, and CPI(M) had opposed those provisions.

The Bill covered victims of violence other than communal strife, like regional conflicts or terrorist attacks. The CPI(M) wanted it to be specifically focussed towards those affected by communal violence, Yechury had said.

The fresh draft, incorporating the recommendations of the Standing Committee, should be made available to the members to see whether these issues have been addressed, he had said.

PTI

First Published: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 21:00

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