Karnataka poll survey: BBC denies commissioning fake survey showing BJP’s majority


BBC has denied that it commissioned out a poll survey giving BJP a majority in Karnataka assembly elections. This was in response to a fake WhatsApp message that implied that BBC’s survey had given the saffron party an overwhelming majority.


A press release by BBC Press team said, “This fake survey on Karnataka polls has been circulating on Whats App and claims to be from BBC News. We’d like to make it absolutely clear that it is and does not come from the BBC. The BBC does not commission pre-election surveys in India.”

The fake survey, being circulated on WhatsApp, had shown BJP winning 135 seats, while it had given 45 seats to JDS and 35 seats to Congress.

Reacting to the BBC statement, Karnataka’s incumbent IT minister, Priyank Kharge said that this was a ‘classic BJP strategy’ of the BJP. “A classic BJP strategy. They have become masters of fake news. They rely heavily on the 2C strategy. Confuse & Con.”

Karnataka goes to polls on 12 May while the counting will take place on 15 May. The ruling Congress and the BJP both have upped their efforts to form the next government in the state while trying to woo the voters in the key south Indian state.

The election campaign has been marred by dirty jibes and serious allegations against each other. Although it’s a state election, the electoral fight, it seems,
has become a direct contest between Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



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