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Don't take exit polls seriously: Congress

Shahid Mazdoor in New Delhi | December 13, 2002 21:03 IST

The Congress on Friday urged people not to attach importance to the exit polls conducted by several TV channels, which predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party would get a simple majority in the Gujarat assembly election.

"We do not want to cast aspersions on anyone... we acknowledge that all media organisations are well within their right to conduct such polls. But we want to make it clear that the people of Gujarat braved the threat of terrorism to vote for safety and security and for the development of the state. They voted against the communal and divisive rule of the present government of Narendra Modi," Congress spokesman Satyavrat Chatturvedi said.

Reminding that the people of Gujarat were yet to recover from the trauma of the riots, he asked, "How do you expect a person, who is voting in such a situation, to speak out his mind after casting vote?"

Regarding the BJP's apprehensions that a consolidated pattern of voting by a community in favor of a single party was not good for democracy, Chatturvedi said, "The people of this country are under no doubt as to who was actually doing everything to polarise the voters on communal lines."


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