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Exit polls show BJP won't return to power, says Karunanidhi

By Our Staff Reporter

KAMUDHI, APRIL 30. The people will teach the Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, a lesson in the Lok Sabha elections for adopting anti-people policies, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, M.Karunanidhi, said today.

Addressing a meeting here, he said that people from all walks of life were fed up with the ruling party, as it had done nothing for the welfare of farmers, weavers and government employees the last three years.

Our Tirunelveli Staff Reporter reports

At an election meeting last night, Mr. Karunanidhi said the Bharatiya Janata Party could not return to power as exit polls conducted during the third phase showed that no political party would get a majority.

The prediction of exit polls, conducted by various agencies, created ripples in BJP circles. Though the BJP confidently started electioneering with a costly `India Shining' campaign, as they believed that they would return to power with absolute majority, they were forced to think in terms of a coalition government after exit polls showed a downfall for the BJP, he said.

At the end of the third phase, the `India Shining' campaign' came down to `Vote for a stable government', at a time when the country was gearing to go for two more rounds of polls.

"It only showed that the next government will not be formed by the BJP. If at all they get majority, Mr. Vajpayee will not be the Prime Minster."

Terming his alliance with the BJP as a "blunder", Mr. Karunanidhi said Muslims felt that he had alienated himself from the minority community. He told the members that he would not repeat the mistake.

The DMK president criticised Ms. Jayalalithaa, for withdrawing several welfare schemes introduced by the DMK regime.

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