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Cong to win 85 seats

Congress claimed that it would emerge victorious in 85 of the 104 assembly seats in Karnataka that went to polls.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Mangalore
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2004 02:58 PM IST

Congress on Tuesday claimed that an exit poll conducted by it in the second phase of polling in Karnataka predicted that the party would emerge victorious in 85 of the 104 assembly seats in Karnataka that went to polls today.

The sample survey, conducted in 80 polling booths randomly contacted 11,050 eligible voters in all age groups from 18 years to 44 and above 45 years, in which there was an equal share of male and female voters, KPCC President Janardhanan Poojary told reporters here.

The survey conducted in the first phase of polling had predicted that Congress would get 97 out of the 120 assembly seats which went to polls in that phase, he said.

In all, Congress would get 182 seats against BJP's 29, JD(S) 11 and JU (U) 2, out of the 224 constituencies, Poojary claimed. The figure may cross even 182 seats also, he claimed.

In the parliamentary elections, the party would get 26 out of 28 seats, he said, adding there was a neck-and-neck fight in Bidar and Kanakapura.

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