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Krishna slams exit polls

Taking a dig at exit polls, Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna said first it was projected that there was a Vajpayee wave in the state. Now, things seem to be Congress' favour.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Bangalore
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2004 02:30 PM IST

Karnataka Chief Minister SM Krishna on Thursday refused to share his views on the exit polls but took a dig at them and said it was for the media to judge them.

"You (media) once said there is Vajpayee wave. Now the same media says it is in favour of Congress," he told reporters, virtually taking a potshot at the opinion and exit polls.

Krishna, declining to comment on the exit poll results concerning Assembly polls in Karnataka, asserted, he would not like to go by the figures of a survey which initially indicated that Congress will retain power winning 132 seats.

He reiterated that he had commissioned his own poll survey going on in the last seven months for "his own guidance and for the guidance of the party" and added it has indicated that the Congress would win more than 132 seats.

Krishna said the situation had been favourable to the ruling party particularly after the second phase of polling in 13 Lok Sabha and 104 assembly constituencies held on April 26.

An exit poll conducted after the second phase of polls had said "it is too close to call in Karnataka".

Krishna hit out at opposition parties, particularly JDS for blaming him for the missing names in electoral rolls, saying he had no role.

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