Bengal Left Front chairman confident of poll victory

Last Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 16:34

Kolkata: A day before counting for West
Bengal assembly polls, Left Front chairman Biman Bose on Thursday
exuded confidence his alliance would emerge victorious with a
comfortable margin, dismissing predictions of a landslide win
for Trinamool Congress-Congress combine by most post-poll

"When the EVMs will be opened tomorrow, it will be
found that the Left Front has won by a very good margin,"
Bose told a press conference here after a Left Front meeting.

Claiming the `exit polls and opinion polls by media
houses are just a waste of money`, a very confident Bose said,
"The Left Front has decided to hold a press conference
tomorrow at 4.30 pm after the counting is over."

Asked what could be the possible tally of the Front,
which has seen reverses since the 2008 panchayat polls, he
claimed it could be around the 2001 figure when the Front had
won 199 constituencies out of 294 seats.

Asked about the source of his confidence despite most
surveys predicting a landslide win for Mamata Banerjee-led
Trinamool Congress-Congress combine, he said, "We work with
the people and among the people and from that our confidence
comes and will set up the eighth Left Front government."

Claiming such surveys had earlier been found to be
inaccurate, he alleged post-poll surveys and exit polls were
damaging peace and tranquillity of the state.

"The Election Commission should come forward to check
this," he said, adding "the atmosphere has been vitiated
since 2001 due to involvement of media and exit polls."


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First Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 16:34

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