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Kejriwal alleges opinion polls are a big scam


New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday alleged that a big scam was going on in the country in the name of opinion polls.

Former Delhi chief, Kejriwal, was reacting on sting operation shown by a news channel in New Delhi, which involved eleven opinion polls agencies.

Reportedly, a television news channel sparked a new controversy after a number of opinion polling agencies approached by undercover reporters agreed to manipulate poll data.

“A news channel showed in a sting operation on February 25 that in the name of opinion polls in this country, a racket is running. We have been saying this since last one year that a big opinion poll scam is running in this country which has been now proved by the sting operation. A big political conspiracy is taking place in this country. Earlier, it happened before Delhi assembly polls and now the same thing is being repeated before general elections,” said Kejriwal.

Meanwhile, general secretary of India’s ruling Congress party, Ajay Maken, said that opinion polls should be banned in the country.

“The stand of election commission since 1998 on opinion polls is that it should be banned and we support the stand of election commission,” said Maken.

Earlier also, the Congress party has supported calls to ban electoral opinion polls in the world’s largest democracy in what the opposition said is an attempt to suppress bad news.

The party backed a proposal by the Election Commission to restrict opinion polls. The commission has long sought to halt such polls once election dates are announced. They are currently only banned 48 hours before voting begins.