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  • Lalu’s reaction to exit polls unjustified: Nitish

    Published on November 23, 2010

    Outgoing CM Nitish Kumar has termed the ‘hue and cry’ raised by arch rival RJD chief Lalu Prasad over exit poll surveys as “unjustified” and said whatever be the people’s mandate, it should be acceptable to all.

    Kumar, who was speaking to newsmen in Patna on Tuesday, said he, like an ordinary citizen, was waiting with bated breath to know the outcome of the poll on Tuesday.

    He lauded the role of media in nation building and said Lalu Prasad should know that media had always given him the privilege.

    Prasad’s charge against the media for the exit poll surveys projecting land slide victory for NDA was ‘baseless’, he said, adding, “It is none other than Prasad who is himself responsible for the distress he is in.”

    “My duty was to place the facts related to development of the state before the people at the time of electioneering and I did it with utmost care … Whether it was opinion poll or exit poll surveys, these matters never bother me,” Kumar told reporters.

    In reply to a question as to what prevented him from holding joint electioneering with BJP leader L K Advani, Kumar said emphasis was laid by NDA to cover most of the constituencies by top leaders during electioneering.

    He had joint election meetings with senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Deputy Chief Minister S K Modi at several places in the sixth phase, he added.