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Parties say no to opinion polls


TSI | Issue Dated: November 8, 2013, New Delhi
Tags : BJP |Election Commission |CPI |NCP |CPI(M) |

All political parties, save the BJP, have voted against publication of opinion polls during election season. The Election Commission, long of the view that opinion polls must be restricted for periods longer than the 48 hours blank out at present, had sought the views of political parties on the issue. While the BJP has made its case on a possible misuse of the right to free speech, for the Congress, the non-scientific basis of these polls makes them liable to misuse. Among other reasons offered, Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan was quoted as saying that they lead to the “deterioration of the political atmosphere in the country”. The JD(U) has described them as a “mockery of democracy”. The CPI and the CPI(M) favour regulating them while the NCP wants something like the Press Council of India to look over them and ensure that they do not become like “paid” news. The saffron party claims that Congress is apprehensive of seeing the writing on the wall. Recent surveys have giventhe BJP all the four states going to assembly polls soon.

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