1. Fact Check: Is Congress using ‘fake’ exit poll to sway Gujarat voters’ mood? Know all about the curious case

Fact Check: Is Congress using ‘fake’ exit poll to sway Gujarat voters’ mood? Know all about the curious case

Gujarat election 2017: An allegedly fake exit poll claiming that Congress party will sweep Gujarat assembly polls is doing the rounds on the internet.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 11, 2017 4:28 PM
rahul gandhi, today's chanakya, chanakya india, congress, gujarat election news Screengrab of tweet by Congressman Rohan Gupta. (Twitter)

Gujarat election 2017: An allegedly fake exit poll claiming that Congress party will sweep Gujarat assembly polls is doing the rounds on the internet. As per the Election Commission of India, exit polls can’t be released by any agency or media prior to the end of polling in the second phase of Gujarat polls on December 14. However, in one of the predictions of the exit poll shared on Twitter, Congress is shown sweeping the first phase of the Gujarat election, which took place on December 9, with 65 out of 89 seats. The exit poll result became controversial when it was shared on Twitter by Rohan Gupta – a Congress functionary from his official Twitter handle. More so because Gupta’s tweet credited the exit poll to ChanakyaIndia.in, which appeared like that of well-known agency Today’s Chanakya.

Gupta’s profile page on Twitter describes him as the National Media Coordinator of Congress. Reacting to Gupta’s post, a number of users pointed that the exit poll was fake. The official Twitter handle of Today’s Chanakya also said no such exit poll was done by it.

“The first round goes in favour of Congress,” Gupta tweeted.

Today’s Chanakya replied to Gupta: “This survey doesn’t belongs to us. We have not released any such survey. Kindly Retweet.”

Today’s Chanakya further tweeted, “We have not released any poll on Gujarat and Himachal. Our Exit will come on 14 Dec after polling ends. Please RT. Thanks.”

The official Today’s Chanakya has already denied doing exit poll. Then what is ‘Chanakya India?’

Chanakya India website (http://chanakyaindia.in/) available on the internet and it makes surprising claims.

-screenshot of survey available on Chanakyaindia. in

While all opinion polls on Gujarat elections have so far predicted a clear but truncated majority for the BJP, ‘Chanakya India’ website, which has content in English and Gujarati, shows Congress winning 125 out of 182 Assembly seats in the state, while the BJP may get just 54. The website doesn’t give any detail about the so-called ‘Chanakya India’ agency.

Meanwhile, Gupta has clarified that the Gujarat Congress IT Cell had conducted the online poll and it had nothing to do with Today’s Chanakya. “Gujarat Congress IT Cell has conducted online poll through portal chanakyaindia.in. our online poll has nothing to do with @TodaysChanakya. The poll is participated by more than 1.10 lakh people online and represents the voice of people. It’s understandably very difficult for BJP to accept ground reality,” he said in a series of Tweets.

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    Dr.s/es
    Dec 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    Me dua kru ga ki Congress hei jite inshallha.. Me Congress sab logo ko work deti nai industry band krke sabke work chin leti. Heh. Ya allha is bar Congress ki government bna de ameen.
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    1. Suresh Bhave
      Dec 12, 2017 at 9:51 am
      May be that the number of parti nts in the poll may be correct and also the voting preference they reported. But, one must not forget that the poll was conducted by Congress IT cell and most, in not all, the voters on it are Congress supporters, therefore the results are bound to be highly skewed in favor of that party.
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        hira
        Dec 11, 2017 at 11:48 pm
        Interesting! Come 18th and we'll know the truth.
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          hira
          Dec 11, 2017 at 11:46 pm
          Track 1.5/2 diplomacy is a waste of time, money and efforts because COAS decides foreign policy in Pakistan. These non-state diplomats can achieve only self-importance. Indo-Pak tensions will ease when ordinary people of Pakistan decides to curtail the powers of their military and enhance that of democracy. Or else, the military (Pak) on its own accord should give up its power, pleasures and past times to strengthen democracy which is unlikely.
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            chandrakant
            Dec 11, 2017 at 7:40 pm
            why chanakya not taken any action?
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              Rajesh
              Dec 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm
              Congress can do all tricks to divert and distract people but will never get succeeded.They don't have any options left and now sending fake exit poll results and using Chanakyaindia name. BJP is going to win 110 seats for sure. Gujarat has made tremendous development in last 15 years. Congress can't fool people now anymore on the basis of caste and religion division. We need corruption mukta Bharat Congressmukta Bharat. Jai Hind.
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                mmg
                Dec 11, 2017 at 3:05 pm
                Aged men like me KNOW congress ALWAYS USE FALSE / LIE METHODS! There are enough incidents to speak for it!
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                  samar
                  Dec 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm
                  : todayschanakya /
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                    samar
                    Dec 11, 2017 at 2:54 pm
                    : chanakyaindia fake
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