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Kar Cong junks exit polls

Janardhan Poojary asserted it would be a "miracle" if the party did not win 173 seats adding that exit poll surveys were not accurate.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bangalore
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2004 02:16 PM IST

Brushing aside election surveys and exit polls that forecast a close fight in Karnataka Assembly polls, Congress state unit president Janardhan Poojary today asserted it would be a "miracle" if the party did not win 173 seats.

Asserting that the poll surveys and exit polls predictions would go haywire, Poojary told reporters here "it will be a miracle if we do not get 173 seats (out of 224). Getting that many (seats) is not a miracle".

For the Lok Sabha elections also, he claimed that the Congress would win 26 of the 28 seats.

Poojary said his "field experience" during the 11,000-odd kms of travel for campaign, alleged failures of the NDA government and the "good" performance of the SM Krishna government were the basis for his confidence.

He maintained that there was no "Vajpayee" wave in the state.

Poojary also flayed the Election Commission for missing of voters' names from the electoral rolls, charging that the EC had "completely" failed in its duty. "It is an offence. A thorough inquiry should be conducted".

Congress, he said, would "seriously" take up the issue in Parliament. "The EC cannot play like this. EC has completely failed", he said, adding the party would write to the Commission on the issue.

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