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Fake opinion polls: Axis My India files an FIR against Twitter handles that circulated fake polls in the name of the polling agency

Axis My India said that there was an inherent motive to build a positive opinion about the I.N.D.I.A. bloc and also to tarnish the name of the organisation.

On Monday (22nd April), the country’s leading polling agency, Axis My India lodged an FIR days after some netizens shared a fake opinion poll attributing it to the agency. The agency has sought action against the culprits and has named certain X handles in the FIR.  

According to news agency IANS, some of the handles named in the FIR include @MahuaMoitraFans and @amoxcicillin1. The FIR also lists the links these handles used to share the fake opinion poll on social media. 

Axis My India said that there was an inherent motive to build a positive opinion about the I.N.D.I.A. bloc and also to tarnish the name of the organisation.

Confirming that the agency has filed an FIR in this matter, Pradeep Gupta wrote, “Elections are won on the ground by gaining people’s mandate and not by creating fake polls. Individuals/ groups who try to create false narratives should know this basic fact. Taking strict action, @AxisMyIndia has lodged an FIR over the circulation of a fake opinion poll in its name and sought action against the culprits. Axis My India reiterates that it only conducts post-poll studies as per ECI guidelines.” 

The development comes days after some social media handles shared a few pictures claiming that it was from an Opinion Poll conducted by Axis My India. The purported opinion poll, which was later found out to be fake, was titled ‘No majority for BJP, NDA has a slight edge’. It also claimed that the General Elections 2024 were evenly poised and the NDA doesn’t have the edge as projected in the media space. 

Predicting a close contest between the BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA, the fake opinion poll gave 243 seats to the NDA and 242 seats to the I.N.D.I. alliance. While many X users deleted their posts containing the fake Opinion Poll, it still exists on the timelines of other handles.

Back then, Axis My India had pointed out that the purported Opinion poll being circulated on social media was fake. It categorically noted that the polling agency only conducts post-poll studies as per ECI guidelines.

In its official statement, Axis My India said, “With regards to the upcoming 2024 Indian General Elections, certain opinion polls are being published using the name of Mr. Imadeep Gupta, Axis My India, since the past few days, which are completely false (misleading). This is to inform you all that Axis My India never publishes any kind of pre-poll/opinion poll.” 

Reacting to the fake opinion poll, Axis My India Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Pradeep Gupta said that the Opposition parties were deliberately pushing their agenda to create a ‘favourable’ impression among voters in the election season.

Speaking to IANS, Gupta added that it was an illegal and fraudulent act by the opposition parties for ‘electoral gains’ and for this, they were misusing the name of his polling agency.

Ayodhra Ram Mandir special coverage by OpIndia

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