ANIRUDH PRASAD YADAV (Winner)
S/o|D/o|W/o: Late Maharaji Yadav
Address: Resident Of Gram & Post Chodpiper, Thana Kisanpur, Distt. Supaul, Pin Code 852105
Name Enrolled as Voter in: 41 Nirmili Election Area (Bihar) constituency , at Serial no 931 in Part no 135
Contact Number: 9431821910
Self Profession:Agriculture & Pension From Vidhan Sabha
Spouse Profession:Dairy & Agriculture
Assets & Liabilities
Assets:Rs 5,02,19,322 ~5 Crore+
Liabilities:Rs 10,000 ~10 Thou+
Intermediate From BSS College Supaul In Bhagalpur University Bhagalpur In 1969, High School From Govt. High School Kisanpur, Bihar State Secondary Examination Board Patna In 1967
New Delhi, April 3
Major political parties, including the Congress and the CPM, have demanded ban on exit poll, as it hampers the very basic question of free and fair poll in the country.
The Election Commission has convened an all-party meeting on April 6 to get views of various political parties on opinion and exit polls.
This would be the second attempt by the Commission in five years to review the opinion and exit poll issue afresh.
TNS spoke to major political parties on the issue and the stand they were likely to take in the meeting.
We do believe that exit polls do influence the voters to certain extent, but we have not taken any stand on this issue so far, said BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
Meanwhile, with different surveys projecting the return of the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the Saffron party seems to be reluctant in stopping the positive image these surveys are creating amongst voters.
However, the Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma categorically stated that the Election Commission should ban all exit polls.
Exit poll results should not be allowed to be broadcast or published till the last phase of polling, he said.
Even in developed countries, where there is staggered polling or difference in the closing of poll due to different time zones, the results of the exit polls are withheld, lest it influences the voting pattern, Mr Sharma said.
The CPM politburo member Prakash Karat said if the exit poll results are broadcast or published before the completion of voting in all phases, it violates the basic principle of free and fair poll in the country.
However, on opinion polls, political parties were unanimous that they do not have objection to it. A Congress leader said the accuracy of these polls is doubtful, as many of these have gone wrong.
Karat said the opinion poll surveys should carry a warning to the viewers and readers that they are not the actual result, but trend found amongst a sample.
The Commission, by its guidelines in January 1998 and August 1999, had prohibited any dissemination of exit polls and opinion polls.
When the ECs guidelines were heard in the Supreme Court, the independent election body had to withdraw it, after the apex court observed that the Commission had no powers under Article 324 of the Constitution to issue such guidelines.
The Election Commission wants us to act in its aid and issue the directions so that if anyone violates it, he can be proceeded against for contempt of the court. It is simply ridiculous. The Commission should have realised that it has no powers to issue such guidelines on the plea of the Press Council of India, the court had observed.
Withdrawing its guidelines, the Commission had stated that the substantive issue of opinion and exit polls in a poor and half literate society needed to be debated by the country and the new Parliament.