Bengaluru: In a sensational revelation about how Indian media is working for the advantage of the ruling dispensation, Premchand Palety, Chief Executive of Cfore on Sunday claimed that the actual results of the Karnataka Pre-Poll Surveys were different but they were changed under pressure.
“I hear all kinds of stories about these polls and from reliable sources. The actual result was something else and then they changed the figures under pressure. One poll says that the BJP is marginally ahead. I am very surprised. Almost all the polls are saying that the Congress is ahead but I’m surprised at the margins they are giving, in one case just 2%”, Palety said while talking to senior journalist and former Outlook Editor Krishna Prasad.
Paltey questioned the accuracy of the pre-poll surveys done ahead of the Karnataka polls which are predicting a hung house in the state, giving the Bhartiya Janata Party more than 90 seats.
“Although they say it’s more, internally they also gave 60 to 70 seats to the BJP. My sources confirm that they agree with the numbers we are giving. The IB report less than a month ago is also giving 60 to 70 seats to them, although their process is not scientific and reliable. But anyone who has done a genuine survey, can’t give more than 70 seats to the BJP. In fact, on a TV show, I challenged the BJP and JD(S) people to carry out an audit of my data”, Palety, former Consulting Editor with Wall Street Journal, said.
Paltey, who had done a tracker survey on April 30 – about 12 days before Karnataka is scheduled to go for polls, predicts that Siddaramaiah will create history and Congress will retain power in the state. “I see a clear and comfortable lead for the Congress. In the two polls I conducted, the Congress has over a 10% lead and we are checking now if anything has changed. But as of now my feeling is that the Congress will comfortably come to power. It should get more than 120 seats.”
“The Congress is going to sweep Hyderabad Karnataka. They will sweep Bangalore. The Congress is ahead in coastal Karnataka while the BJP is ahead in central Karnataka. The Congress is ahead in Old Mysore region as well, followed by the JD(S). The BJP will get around 8 seats in Old Mysore”, Paltey said in a detailed interview published by National Herald.
Paltey also claimed that Yeddyurappa is unhappy with the BJP top leadership ever since his son was denied a ticket. He also said local BJP leaders are also angry because the national party leaders are treating them like kids.
“In my interactions with some BJP leaders, they privately mentioned that Modi, Shah treat Kannadiga leaders like school children and they are not liking it”, he said.
“This is a battle between Siddaramaiah and Narendra Modi, and not the previous BJP government in Karnataka…Due to his son’s case, I have heard that Yeddyurappa is not even campaigning for the last four days. It’s Modi-Shah versus Siddaramaiah now”, he added.
Paltey also claimed that using money and fielding a number of Muslim candidates in Muslim dominated constituencies BJP has devised a well-planned strategy to divide the minorities’ votes. “What I am hearing is that a lot of money is coming in now and the poor Dalits can be influenced by the money power. They are also putting up Muslim candidates, like SDPI and JD(S) putting up Muslim candidates to take away the Muslim votes”, the Cfore chief, who has been correct in 2008 and 2013 when his surveys matched the actual results, said.
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