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.
The first round goes in favour of Congress pic.twitter.com/5UA7Iq14TN
— Rohan Gupta (@rohanrgupta) December 10, 2017
Today’s Chanakya replied to Gupta: “This survey doesn’t belongs to us. We have not released any such survey. Kindly Retweet.”
This survey doesn’t belongs to us. We have not released any such survey. Kindly Retweet. https://t.co/LHlEcX52Jc
— Today’s Chanakya (@TodaysChanakya) December 10, 2017
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.”
— Today’s Chanakya (@TodaysChanakya) December 11, 2017
The official Today’s Chanakya has already denied doing exit poll. Then what is ‘Chanakya India?’
Chanakya India website (https://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.