Modi slams exit polls, confident of win

He said: "I will not claim any figure but from the reports that we are getting from various sources, we are poised for a victory."

india Updated: Dec 14, 2002 19:06 IST

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday he had no doubt he would be returned to power, despite exit polls showing a noose-tight result.

"I will not claim any figure but from the reports that we are getting from various sources, we are poised for a victory," he said.

He spoke to reporters while relaxing on Saturday at his home in Gandhinagar after hectic campaigning leading up to Thursday's Assembly election. Results are expected to be announced on Sunday.

Modi was accused of complicity in Hindu-Muslim rioting which has shaken the region since February.

Exit polls by leading privatetelevision channels, Zee News Network and Aaj Tak, had predicted victory by the BJP, but with a reduced majority.

Modi and other BJP leaders on Saturday dismissed the exit polls.

"It would be mature to wait for the results (rather) than get carried away by exit polls," said state BJP president Rajendrasinh Rana.

Meanwhile, massive security arrangements are in place across the state for the counting of votes on Sunday.

The elections passed off peacefully on Thursday, with only minor incidents being reported.

"We have brought in more than 24,000 security personnel from outside and about 9,600 security personnel will be deployed from within the state," said K. Chakravarthy, director general of police in Gujarat.

The state Election Commission has set up 37 centres across the state for the counting of votes.

First Published: Dec 14, 2002 19:06 IST