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Exit polls biased: JD(S)

Calling exit polls conducted by private agencies as being biased, JD (S) President Siddaramaiah said they ignored progressive parties like JD(S) in favour of "conservative Congress" or "orthodox BJP".
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bangalore
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2004 08:47 PM IST

Karnataka unit Janata Dal (S) President Siddaramaiah on Wednesday called for a ban on opinion and exit polls accusing them of being "biased".

Entire survey conducted by private agencies were in favour of "conservative Congress" or "orthodox BJP" and have ignored the progressive and secualr JDS existence, he alleged at a press conference here.

Asserting that there were indications that JDS would get simple majority and form Government on its own in Karnataka, Siddaramaiah said his party would defeat all poll analysis held so far on the state assembly outcome.

He dismissed predictions that the voters would throw up a verdict for hung assembly in the state.

Siddaramaiah flayed the claims of state unit Congress Chief B Janardhana Poojary who said the party would win from 173 to 182.

Rapping the poll surveys which he described as "illegal", Siddaramaiah said they would create adverse situations for parties like JD(S) and added he was pained at his party being underestimated in the just concluded elections.

He also claimed that there was a strong anti-incumbancy wave against Chief Minister SM Krishna and accused Congress of being responsible for all the poll-related violence in the state.

Siddaramaiah demanded an inquiry into the missing of names in voters list and charged Congress of "misusing the official machinery" in the elections.

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