Report By :- Dolat Sharma
Delhi/IBNS: Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has urged the Election Commission to ban pre-poll surveys by to media outlets six months before state and general elections.
The party said such polls are “misleading” projections which are “sponsored surveys” and must be stopped six months before elections to allow voters to exercise their rights freely, fairly, and uninfluenced.
Uttar Pradesh will vote to elect a new state assembly early next year.
The survey showed that the incumbent BJP is “getting more than 40 percent of the vote share which is going to be even higher than the 2017 vote share”.
It also alleged that the agency which conducted the survey for the news channel was earlier “caught in a sting operation”.
While many forecasts showed BJP emerging as the winner in West Bengal elections in May last, the actual result took everyone by surprise, the letter cited the surveys conducted by various agencies before the assembly polls in the state.
“Different agencies have predicted extremely different data of pre-poll and exit polls which allegedly form their opinions on the basis of surveys of voters of the very same state and for the same elections, and the actual results show totally different results,” the party said.