There should be a blanket ban on Opinion Polls
A sting operation by a TV news channel has shown that some surveying agencies get ready to manipulate final outcome of the 'Opinion Polls' for money. The final result is tempered to favour a particular party or candidate in the elections. The agencies also get ready to project any party or candidate negatively in terms of popularity. Taking these illegal practices into account, should the 'Opinion Polls' be completely banned?
"The truth has come in front of the people. The agencies who
were indulged in this should be banned. People get affected by
it as it creates doubts in the minds of the people. I think
those who are guilty should be punished and all the necessary
step should be taken. Take effective action in this. This is
also a type of corruption. Regulation and ban cannot go
simultaneously, when we are demanding ban we want complete
ban, there no question of regulation in this."
Rashid Alvi, Sr.
"Ban is not the only option. There's no need to ban the
opinion polls, but now election commission must keep an eye on
who were the political parties that were indulged in this
(malpractice) and take necessary action against them. We were
saying this from a very long time that few people are abusing
this facility and trying to create opinion among the public.
Now people will become more aware of the opinion polls and
take the decision on basis on their conscience."
Prof. Anand Kumar, Aam Aadmi Party's Spokesperson