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- Hope to be off TV & @Twitter cycle. See you on the other side — Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) February 5, 2020. He further stated, “Looking forward to spending the next few weeks adding to my skills, immersed in new learning and reflection. Hope to be off TV & Twitter cycle. See you on the other side.”.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) September 24, 2020. Rahul Kanwal’s assertions about data privacy were hypocritical, and even ironic. This is because he and his channel has been at the forefront of exploiting private Whatsapp chats for TRPs. A month earlier, Kanwal tweeted, “Sushant’s family has said they didn’t know about his mental. Yesterday, Rahul Kanwal, one of the leading India Today faces started a blitz of his own on the microblogging platform Twitter.In a direct dig at Republic TV, Kanwal said, “Viewers are rejecting shouting fests and choosing to watch real news.Ignore the theatrics. Watch: Real news. To each one of our viewers who make this possible, thank you.”.
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News channel India Today on Wednesday, May 15 revealed exit poll results on television. The exit poll numbers appeared to be an “accidental” leak on news anchor Rahul Kanwal’s show. Accidental or not, however, it is a violation of the Election Commission of India (ECI) rules. Several social media users have shared a video clip on Twitter highlighting the India Today-Axis My India exit poll results that were supposed be telecast on May 19.
In the video clip, Kanwal narrates how India Today and Axis have accumulated the exit poll data by speaking to seven lakh people in 542 constituencies across the country. Meanwhile, the camera zooms into a desktop screen in the background where the numbers for the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and other parties are visible.
Many people on Twitter pointed out this “leak”:
India Today Exit Poll Screen Grab ????????
NDA : 177
UPA : 141
Others : 244
Translation : Bye Bye Modi !
For Bhakts – There is a video clip as well if you want 🙂 pic.twitter.com/nHOxuCXJE0 Jackbox steam.
— My Fellow Indians (@MyFellowIndians) May 16, 2019
India Today exit poll to be telecast on 19th May, basis feedback of 7 lakh respondents across 542 constituencies predicts:
⬇️ NDA: 177 seats (- 177)
⬆️ UPA: 141 seats (+ 76)
⬆️ OTHERS: 224 seats (+ 101)#23_मई_भाजपा_गईpic.twitter.com/D6LW1iJ4iC
— Rofl Republic (@i_theindian) May 16, 2019
India Today, however, later claimed that it was dummy data. The news organisation tweeted, “We understand your excitement about this clip! Sorry to disappoint you. We too are waiting anxiously for the data. This is visibly a promo with dummy data, played on Election Newstrack.”
We understand your excitement about this clip! Sorry to disappoint you. ???? We too are waiting anxiously for the data.This is visibly a promo with dummy data, played on #ElectionNewstrack
For the REAL thing,tune in to India Today & AajTak on May 19, 4pm onwards #AajTakAxisExitPollpic.twitter.com/SVKVDmZx3t
— India Today (@IndiaToday) May 16, 2019
On Wednesday, an ABP journalist posted a tweet revealing the predicted number of seats for the saffron party claiming it to be BJP’s internal survey. The Election Commission has reportedly directed Twitter to remove all the tweets related to exit polls.
Election Commission of India has ordered Twitter India to remove all the tweets related to 2019 Lok Sabha elections exit polls. pic.twitter.com/N5ed3QW9Xd
— ANI (@ANI) May 15, 2019
As per a report on Firstpost, the Election Commission has received complaints against three media houses and sought an explanation from these media houses as to why action should not be taken against them for violating Section 126A of the Representation of People Act, 1951.
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The commission has sought response within 48 hours from the three media houses that displayed exit poll results.
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As per Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, no person shall display to the public any election matter — any matter intended or calculated to influence or affect the result of an election — by means of cinematograph, television or other similar apparatus. Any person who contravenes these provisions “shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine, or with both.”