Cong likely to win Raj, has edge in MP, Chhattisgarh: Opinion poll

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2018 08:45:46



THE Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) may lose power in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, an opinion poll has predicted, saying the Congress is best placed in Rajasthan, where its State President Sachin Pilot is the first choice of the voters for the Chief Minister’s post.


Opinion poll  (ABP News-CVoter survey)


Rajasthan (200)
Cong -- 142
BJP -- 56

MP (230)
Cong -- 122
BJP -- 108

C’garh (90)
Cong -- 47
BJP -- 40

The ABP News-CVoter survey has predicted that the Congress may return to power in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh after a gap of 15 years and will make a comeback in Rajasthan, where Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje seems to be struggling against a strong anti-incumbency factor.

The survey has, however, added that a minor swing in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh can turn the tide in the favour of either of the two main parties due to a very small difference between their projected vote shares.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had on Saturday expressed confidence that it would register a “record victory” in the upcoming State Assembly elections and retain power in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

Senior BJP leader and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said the saffron party would secure a record victory on the basis of its hard work and development measures, besides the performance of its Governments in the three States.

The opinion poll has said that if the Assembly polls are held now, the Congress is likely to win 142 seats in Rajasthan against the BJP’s 56. Pilot leads Raje as the popular choice for the Chief Minister’s post with 36 per cent voters preferring him, while the latter is the first choice for 27 per cent. Former Chief Minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot enjoys the backing of 24 per cent voters. Survey has predicted 122 seats for the Congress in the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly and 47 seats for the Opposition party in the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly. The BJP has been projected to bag 108 and 40 seats in these two States respectively.

However, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Chhattisgarh counterpart Raman Singh are the first choice of the voters for the hot seat, despite anti-incumbency sentiments against their Governments. Congress and the BJP have been predicted to bag 42.2 and 41.5 per cent votes in Madhya Pradesh and 38.9 and 38.2 per cent votes in Chhattisgarh respectively.

The BJP had secured power in all the three States in 2013 by winning 165, 142 and 49 seats in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh respectively as against the 58, 21 and 39 seats of the Congress.