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Exit polls bogus, not based on facts, says Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh

The Congress is currently ruling the hill State and the BJP is eyeing to return to power after a gap of five years. The voting for the 68-member Himachal Pradesh Assembly took place on November 9.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | New Delhi |
Updated: December 16, 2017 8:53:28 pm
Virbhadra Singh telephone tapping case Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh. (File)

Even as the BJP was in all jubilation after the exit polls predicted defeat for Congress, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Saturday dismissed the forecast and said the exit polls are totally manipulated and not scientific.

“ The exit polls should be banned in the country. These are not based on facts or real factors. I know people’s pulse as I have been on ground during the campaign, I have more sense what was peoples’ mood than those conducting such exit polls. Nevertheless, the exit polls have proved wrong also,” said chief minister as he returned to the state after 12 days.

Been out to Kerala for ‘Ayurveda and health rejuvenation’ Virbhadra Singh said, he was confident that when the poll results are out on December 18, the Congress will be in a comfortable position. The party has worked hard and its development track record is a strong favouring factor for the government to repeat the seventh- time.

“ I can’t give you a seat-wise prediction but I can tell that people were neither unhappy nor disappointed with the Congress government which I led for five years. No anti-incumbency factor is played against the Congress in the poll. That’s what makes me confident about the numbers, which we will be getting to repeat”, he added.

Virbhadra Singh said that the BJP campaign was totally personalised against him because they know that the state has achieved a record development in the past years.

When asked about the BJP’s accusation of lack of governance in the state, and also deterioration of law and order, Virbhadra Singh said “ Himachal Pradesh had been the best-governed state, not only among the small states but also other bigger states. The law and order situation had also remained well under control, though some people tried to disrupt the peace in few places after the unfortunate Shimla rape case.”

“ I regret that such a crime took place in the state but I was the one who immediately wrote to the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh asking for CBI probe as BJP and some other people had tried to politicise the incident. Now look what has happened, CBI has failed to make any headway and even those arrested on the basis of the police investigations were released on bail” he said.

Virbhadra said the CBI must tell the people why it has failed to make a breakthrough in the investigation. If at all a reward had to be announced it should have been done much earlier.

“I still feel that had state agencies been allowed to involve, the case would have been solved”, he added.

Virbhadra Singh also congratulated Rahul Gandhi on becoming the Congress President and said that the Congress will become stronger under his leadership.

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