We are not willing to buy it, said leaders of the Congress and the United Democratic Front (UDF) in response to the Asianet News C-Fore pre-poll survey results that predicted a clear majority for the Left Democratic Front (LDF) in Kerala.
Contesting the predictions, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala and Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty said that the political environment is in favour of the United Democratic Front (UDF).
"Asianet conducted their first survey even before candidate selection. They did the next survey before the beginning of actual campaigning. Hence, this survey cannot be relied on," Kunhalikutty said.
In fact, the latest survey by the Asianet shows that the LDF is losing seats compared to the earlier one: Ramesh Chennithala
"In fact, the latest survey by the Asianet shows that the LDF is losing seats compared to the earlier one. We will become leading front in the next survey,” Chennithala said. He also dismissed the prediction that the BJP will open an account in the state. The UDF Convener P P Thankachan was not ready to take the survey results seriously.
However, N K Premachandran, leader of Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), a UDF partner, said that the row over land allocations had tarnished the image of the front.
Youth Congress state president Dean Kuriakose said the finding of the survey that the LDF is growing in areas where minorities have a strong influence went against the facts on the ground.
BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said the survey result is just an indicator of the performance of the party in coming Assembly polls.
"NDA is making significant advancement in the state. And the survey is just another pointer to it,” said Kummanam Rajasekharan, BJP state president. “A real opinion poll with all voters on board will be held on May 16. We believe that it will be in our favour," he said referring to the polling day.
Communist Party of India state secretary Kanam Rajendran welcomed the pre-poll outcome.
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:57 PM IST