I do not agree with the view that the Congress has lost faith in democratic values and is therefore advocating a ban on opinion polls or that it is trying to curb free speech. I think its asking the EC to ban opinion polls is more of a panic reaction: simply put, the Congress doesn’t know how to handle the Modi juggernaut.
Let’s face the facts. Almost all opinion polls conducted in recent months have shown Modi far ahead of Rahul Gandhi in popularity. Most surveys also indicate a fall in the number of seats Congress may get in the next Lok Sabha elections. But the ruling party is not willing to accept this. It likes to believe there’s no “Modi wave” and that all these polls have been manipulated by the Gujarat strongman. There are many in Congress who directly blame psephologists for create a fake impression that Modi is the most popular leader in the country today.