In response to the letter of the Election Commission of India seeking views of the political parties on the proposal to restrict opinion polls during elections, BSP general secretary SC Mishra on Tuesday wrote to the principal secretary, EC, that his party's stand has been that the opinion polls should not be allowed to be published during elections as they do not and cannot reflect the correct opinion of the public/voter at large. He said that such surveys are conducted by different agencies which claim that they have taken view of the people but the fact is that the view taken is of a very limited and selective voters which cannot be said to the opinion of people at large.
The opinion polls are based on the views elicited from few hundreds people in a constituency where there are more than 20 lakh voters. It cannot be shown and depicted as a view of the entire constituency. Similarly, views obtained of few thousand people throughout the state cannot be shown as the opinion of the entire electorate of the state, Mishra said.
Further, Mishra said "There is no proper scientific method by means of which general view can be obtained from the electorate at large in a democracy where most of the voters do not like to reflect their view except through ballot that to in a secret manner. Such distorted opinions by agencies who are paid to conduct the polls are susceptible for being managed or purchased to confuse the voters and public at large just before the polls."
"Our party is of the view that no outside influence which may effect and confuse the minds of electors and the criteria of which has no uniform basis should not be permitted and opinion polls is one of them. It is therefore necessary for conducting free and fair elections that such opinion polls should be banned during the elections," Mishra said.