Dainik Jagaran and the fake polls

There was much noise around the publication of exit polls in Western Uttar Pradesh this week. These exit polls showed that the BJP had an edge though the polls were only released on the Internet edition of the Dainik Jagaran, one of the most circulated Hindi newspapers, and did not appear in its print edition.

The case was brought up immediately as a breach of the electoral code by the Election Commission. It is unclear whether these exit polls can actually sway other voters, but the fact that the Dainik Jagaran published is suggestive of the media bias towards certain parties. The DJ is known for its pro-BJP stance, going back to the 1990s, as an article in Frontline recently explained.

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