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Exit polls unrealistic, says NDA

Source: PTI
May 14, 2009 16:33 IST
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Dismissing as unrealistic the projections of exit polls, National Democratic Alliance convenor Sharad Yadav on Thursday expressed confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led alliance would get majority in the Lok Sabha.

"I have no faith in exit polls. The NDA will get majority and we will form the government headed by L K Advani," he said.

Exit polls have shown the NDA getting 185 to 196 seats in the 543-member House against 190 to 205 seats for the UPA.

To a question, the Janata Dal - United President said leaders of different parties were in touch with various NDA leaders but declined to reveal their names.

Sources said while the BJP was in touch with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo Jayalalithaa, JD-U leaders were talking to Biju Janata Dal and Telugu Desam Party -- both constituents of the Third Front, which has been given a little over 100 seats in the exit polls.

Nationalist Congress Party leader P A Sangma is understood to have promised to support the BJP-led alliance when he met Yadav a few days ago to discuss future plans. Yadav, however, refused to comment on the issue.

Sangma had blamed Congress for bringing down the Meghalaya Progress Alliance Government in Meghalaya, of which NCP was an important component.

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