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Poojary rubbishes TV channel's pre-poll survey

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NEW DELHI, MARCH 29. The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president, B. Janardhana Poojary, today rubbished a pre-poll survey put out by a television news network, which predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party would bag more seats in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Mr. Poojary claimed that an in-house survey conducted by the party has projected that the ruling Congress in Karnataka would win around 170 of the 224 Assembly seats and 24 of the 28 Lok Sabha seats.

Referring to the television network's survey, the KPCC chief questioned the sample size of 2,400 people and said that the survey took opinion in just two Assembly constituencies in each of the 28 Parliamentary constituencies. "The survey was carried out during the period when the Deputy Prime Minister, L.K. Advani's Rath Yatra was passing through the State and after the admission of the former Congress Chief Minister, S. Bangarappa (into the BJP)." "We too carried out a survey taking opinion through secret ballot of 1.40 lakh people and our people toured 1.5 lakh km in the State,'' Mr. Poojary said.The internal survey was being updated each week.

The result obtained from the survey was being used as an input in finalising the party candidates for the coming polls, he said. He asserted that the party has carried out extensive discussions before drawing up the names of the aspirants for the consideration of the Central Election Committee. Denying that serious differences had resulted in holding up the party list from being declared, Mr. Poojary said that the views of senior leaders were considered by the Central leadership, including that of C.K. Jaffer Sharief. He disagreed with the latter's statement that there was no "social justice'' in the allocation of Congress ticket, since the final list was yet to be declared.

On whether the party would consider fielding former State Minister, Roshan Baig, who resigned in the wake of the Telgi stamp paper scandal, Mr. Poojary said there was "no evidence so far against him'' and his case would be considered.

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