The government has distanced itself from the decision of the Congress party seeking a ban on pre-poll survey, with Union law minister Kapil Sibal conceding that these polls could be scientific too.
Speaking to journalist Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN’s Devil’s Advocate programme, Sibal said that the government had not made its mind up on whether to act on the Congress’ suggestion on banning polls or to refuse the party’s demand. He rejected suggestions about the existence of “sharp differences” between the government and the party on it.
Sibal said that the government might consider the issue after the Election Commission gave its view. “We also have to consider that this (winter session) is only the last session of Parliament. I don’t know how tumultuous this session is going to be and whether or not we can pass it,”Sibal said.
He reinterpreted the Congress’ ban to mean that what the party is actually calling for is not a ban but greater transparency and greater knowledge about the methodology of the polls. He made it clear that if polls are published with greater detail of their methodology, sampling size and with greater transparency of who is doing it, the Congress would then not push for a ban.
Accepting that there was a science of sampling, he said that if properly conducted despite a small sample size, a poll survey could be scientific.