Rahul dubs poll surveys 'jokes'

Rahul dubs poll surveys 'jokes'

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday dubbed poll surveys predicting that the party could get just 100 seats in Lok Sabha polls as “joke”, and said there is no question of Narendra Modi and BJP coming to power.

Holding a ‘Google Hangout’ with party workers, the first such interaction by any Congress leader, Gandhi also hit out at the main Opposition party over reports of an internal war within BJP over candidatures of senior leaders including Modi.

“The talk of 100 seats is a joke and you have to understand that... the entire campaign of the Opposition is to demoralise you.

“If you do not have a doubt in your mind, we are getting 200 plus seats. The entire game is to demoralise the Congress workers, to create doubts in their mind,” Gandhi said replying to a question on what would Congress do after polls if it gets about 100 seats.

“First of all we fought in 2004. Every single opinion poll said we are going to get thrashed. Congress won that election. In 2009, every single opinion poll said we are going to get thrashed. We doubled our tally.We are now fighting a third election. They always say Congress will not do well. Let us not start with the assumption that opinion polls are the law. We have to fight a strong election,” Gandhi said, seeking to dispel the notion that Congress was in the dumps and enthused the cadres to go out in the field and propagate UPA government’s achievements.

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