After the release of the Dinamalar-News 7 survey results, both agencies have come under severe flak. Dinamalar has now distanced itself from the Salem and Erode surveys in a statement on the first page of its editions across Tamil Nadu.
Dinamalar has alleged that infighting between the Publisher and editor of its Chennai, Madurai, Kovai, Puducherry, Erode and Salem editions is to blame for the differences with the survey. Ramasubbaiyar, the publisher was allegedly cheated to the tune of crores of rupees by two other editors R.Krishnamurti and R.Lakshmipathi. A case is currently underway at the Madras High Court.
Therefore, Dinamalar has clarified that they did not officially commission surveys in Salem and Erode. The statement reads that they are not responsible for the surveys conducted in the two districts.
News 7 Television on Tuesday broadcast the results of the opinion poll it undertook in association with Tamil daily Dinamalar for the southern region. The two media organisations have claimed to have covered 2.34 lakh respondents at the rate of 1,000 each per constituency in the state.