Days after the AAP students’ wing was accused of publicising the findings of an allegedly fake opinion poll which predicted its victory in the forthcoming Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections, the BJP-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) found itself in a similar controversy.
The results of another ‘opinion poll’ — declaring the ABVP will win the elections with 52 per cent votes — has gone viral.
The ‘poll’, conducted by the agency Wise media, also predicts that the Congress-backed National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) will win 31 per cent votes, All India Students’ Association (AISA) 10 per cent and AAP-backed Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) just 7 per cent.
Like the earlier ‘poll’ publicised by the CYSS, the source of this data also seems questionable, with internet searches not yielding any information about either the agency or the poll conducted by it.
When questioned, student leaders of the ABVP claimed the poll was authentic, but seemed to be clueless about the agency.
“The survey was conducted by Wise media, which surveyed all colleges of Delhi University. We don’t have details about the agency,” said ABVP state secretary Saket Bahuguna.
Last week, the AAP students’ wing had received flak for publicising the results of an allegedly fake opinion poll. Huge hoardings of the ‘poll results’ — put up across DU’s North Campus colleges — had declared that the CYSS will win the elections with 45 per cent votes. Incidentally, although the advertisement was not issued in the name of either the AAP or the CYSS, the latter accepted that it was funded and put up by the party.