KERALA

Opinion poll partisan: AICC member

PATHANAMTHITTA, APRIL 7 . The AICC member and the KPCC election campaign committee member, Peelipose Thomas, today alleged that the "so-called" opinion poll conducted by the Institute for Monitoring Economic Growth (IMEG) was blatantly partisan and politically motivated.

In a statement issued here, Mr. Peelipose alleged that the opinion poll team was headed by none other than the former head of the Statistics Department, A. Meera Sahib, who was suspended from service for leading the strike by Government employees in 2002. Hence, it was natural that the `survey findings' were "anti-UDF and pro-Left".

However, it was unethical on the part of those who had conducted the survey not to disclose the methodology and guidelines adopted for the poll, he alleged.

Mr. Peelipose said the IMEG `effort' should have been named `opinion-making poll', instead of `opinion poll'.

Even as the IMEG claimed that it had collected opinions of 46,510 voters in 140 Assembly segments in the State as part of the survey, it had failed to publish the municipality and panchayat-wise survey details and the nature of the sample questionaire, the AICC member alleged.

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