Delhi Cong joins pre-poll survey bandwagon now

Delhi Cong joins pre-poll survey bandwagon now

The Delhi Congress has also plunged into the game of pre-poll surveys in the city by announcing that it will share the findings of one such exercise next week.

The effort of the party to gauge the mood of voters is a break from the past when the party declined to talk about such initiatives in public.

One of the questions being asked in the ongoing survey revolves around Muslim voters and touches the point that whether the minority community will vote for BJP or AAP in the Assembly elections.

“We hired a reputed survey agency because we don’t want to publish a false survey to misguide voters. Next week, we will come up with the results of our survey,” Delhi Congress president Arvinder Singh said.

“The findings will surely surprise rivals as the party is set to bounce back,” he said after a meeting of workers from South Delhi parliamentary constituency.
Party predictions

City Congress chief spokesperson Mukesh Sharma said, “The Congress is projected to get up to 11 seats in the coming elections in different surveys carried out by the Aam Aadmi Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party separately. We reject the claims made in their surveys.”

“We are confident of winning more than double the seats that the other parties are expecting us to get,” Sharma said. 

He said the question on Muslim voters has been incorporated in the survey as Congress believes that both AAP and BJP tried to politicise the recent communal tension in several pockets of Delhi.

“All surveys will be proved wrong. The political scenario has changed; Delhi’s voters are intelligent, and we are confident of a big comeback,” Arvinder Singh said.

Although a survey is not a new tool used by political parties before any election, it got prominence during the 2013 Delhi Assembly elections when the new political party AAP started publishing pre-poll surveys to show the mood of voters.

In the last Assembly polls, the Congress did not make public its internal surveys on the party’s sliding fortunes. The then ruling party was left with just eight seats in the 70-member House.