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Congress favours banning opinion polls, BJP slams `inefficient party`

Last Updated: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 17:12

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Backing the Election Commission`s views on restricting publication and dissemination of opinion polls, Congress leader Rashid Alvi on Sunday said election surveys create delusion and mislead people.

"Restriction of opinion poll is a decision of the Election Commission (EC), and we have only supported it. Opinion polls show varied results, create delusion and mislead people. All the parties should come together and look into this matter," he said.

Taking a jibe, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that the inefficiency of the Congress Party is known to everyone.

Reacting to Congress` demand to stop opinion polls, he said that they can destroy the messenger, but not the message.

"The Congress party needs to understand. The message is not destroyed if you kill the messenger. The message is against the Congress Party. Today they want opinion polls to be restricted; tomorrow they would close all meetings of the opposition. The inefficiency of the Congress Party is known to everyone," he said.

The Congress Party has written to the Election Commission (EC) to restrict opinion polls ahead of the elections.

The legal department of the Congress Party stated that opinion polls can be misused, and they are not scientific or credible.

The Congress, however, shifted from its earlier stand, where it dismissed the proposal of the Election Commission to ban opinion polls.

The opinion polls have been projecting poor show of the Congress in some states where Assembly Elections are scheduled to take place.

(With ANI inputs)

First Published: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 14:12
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