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Cong claims it will form next Govt in Gujarat

The Congress sought to dismiss the exit poll on Gujarat polls and claimed it would form government in the state.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2002 21:35 IST

The Congress on Friday sought to dismiss the exit poll on Gujarat Assembly elections and claimed it would form government in the state getting a comfortable majority.

"There are contradictions even among various exit polls. In the past, exit polls about West Bengal, Uttaranchal, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections were proved wrong. Our own experiences and information speaks that party would get a comfortable majority in Gujarat", party spokesman Satyabrata Chaturvedi told reporters here.

Chaturvedi said that Gujarat elections were held in an "extraordinary" situation as the state went to polls after witnessing large-scale communal violence.

"People of the state are yet to come out of the trauma to speak the truth to the media regarding whom they have voted for in the polls.

"That is why we are not going to believe the projection of the exit polls", he said.

Asked about BJP's allegation that Congress was dividing people on communal lines, he said "now they are talking about communal division, what were BJP, VHP, RSS, Bajrang Dal doing when they shouted against Musharraf, Pakistan and Godhara carnage? They tried to polarise the society but failed. Now they are complaining about it."

Regarding BJP's objection to diplomats visiting and observing Gujarat polls, he said the party should have stopped them as it was in power both at the Centre and in the state.