Lalu’s worries will increase after Bihar poll results: Nitish Kumar

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

PATNA - With the counting of votes for 243 Bihar Assembly seats scheduled for tomorrow, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday asserted that the poll results would add to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s troubles.

“Lalu has been a poster boy of the media. No other politician has garnered so much mileage from the media as Lalu has. However, he has done nothing for the people of Bihar, and tomorrow’s result will speak volumes. Lalu’s worries will only increase after the results are declared,” Kumar told reporters.

On Monday, Lalu Yadav alleged that exit polls projecting a landslide victory for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) were meant to influence the election authorities during the counting of votes.

He also slammed the media for projecting his loss even before the completion of the final phase of polls and the counting of votes.

“There was an attack by the media even before the counting of votes, and, I again say it with full confidence, that it is our victory. I repeat it, that it is our victory. We have won, we will form a government and our commitment towards all those people during the campaign sessions in building and developing Bihar would be fulfilled,” said Lalu Yadav.

“I assure that we will work towards making a better State,” he claimed.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes in the 243 Assembly seats and for the by-poll in the Banka Parliamentary seat tomorrow.

It has been reported that the Commission has deputed two special observers to oversee the counting process. One ‘Micro Observer’ will be deputed on every counting table.

“Forty-two counting centres have been set up through out the state. Counting will start at 8 in the morning and trends will be available after one hour. The whole counting process will be videographed,” said Bihar Chief Electoral Officer Sudhir Kumar Rakesh.

The political fortune of 3523 candidates, including 308 women, will be decided tomorrow. A total of 1342 independent candidates are also in the fray. They will look forward to the poll result. (ANI)

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