‘Not in favour of total ban on opinion polls’
After the Congress had endorsed the election commission’s views on restricting opinion polls during elections, the party on Friday announced it was not in favour of a complete ban on these polls. Instructions have issued by the party’s media department to spokespersons and panelists to skip TV discussions on this issue.
The party’s arch rival, the BJP, however, had opposed the move claiming that the Congress’ stand was prompted by the fact that the opinions reflected in these polls showed them in poor light.
Party spokesperson, Randeep Surjewala, while addressing a press conference in the capital, told reporters: ‘We would like to maintain a neutral distance during the period of notification up to polling as suggested by the Election Commission of India.’ He said the opinion polls are full of errors and are not credible and can affect the voters.
Earlier, the party had trashed opinion polls as ‘unscientific’ and expressed reservations over
In a written reply to the poll body last month, the Congress had said it fully endorses the views of the commission to restrict opinion polls during election. The letter sparked off a political controversy with BJP maintaining that losers were opposing it.