Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at a special session of the Delhi Assembly in New Delhi on February 14, 2014. (PTI photo)
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal addresses the assembly amid protest by BJP's members during a special session called for anti-corruption jan lokpal bill in New Delhi. ...
BJP MLAs react in the Delhi Assembly during its special session called for anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill, in New Delhi. (PTI photo)
A member shows a placard in the Delhi Assembly during its special session called for anti-corruption Jan Lokpal Bill, in New Delhi (PTI photo)
A BJP MLA shows a placard in the Delhi Assembly during its special session called for anti-corruption jan lokpal bill in New Delhi on February ...
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal leaves after attending a special session in the Delhi Assembly on February 14, 2014. (PTI photo)
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal arrives at the party headquarters in New Delhi to address his supporters on February 14, 2014. (Reuters photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal shows his resignation letter to Aam Aadmi Party supporters while addressing them at the party office in New Delhi on ...
Arvind Kejriwal addresses his supporters after resigning from the post over janlokpal bill in New Delhi. He was in the office for 49 days. (PTI ...
Supporters of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal watch the proceedings of Delhi assembly on a big screen at the party headquarters in New Delhi ...
Arvind Kejriwal may have drawn flak from political opponents for his decision to resign from the Delhi chief minister's post, but voters still have faith in the anti-corruption crusader, an online survey conducted by HT on Saturday suggested.
After the 49-day rule of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to an end over the controversial jan lokpal bill, HT asked its readers four questions to understand what they felt about Kejriwal stepping down ahead of the crucial 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
According to the survey, majority of the respondents were not disappointed with Kejriwal's decision, even though the Congress and the BJP have accused the AAP of running away from responsibilities.
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What's more, when asked if the move would help the rookie party perform well in the upcoming general elections, around 52% of the 9,321 respondents (till 8am on Feb 16) said "Yes".
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HT also asked its readers if they thought that Kejriwal's decision would help improve the rookie party's tally in the next assembly elections in the Capital.
Around 56% of the 7,979 respondents (till 8am on Feb 16) said the AAP, which bagged 28 seats in the 70-member Delhi assembly in a stellar poll debut last year, would put up a better show.
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With the Congress as well as the BJP training guns on Kejriwal for introducing the jan lokpal bill without the L-G's assent, a whopping 76% respondents said if a non-AAP government came to power in Delhi, it would reverse some of the decisions taken by the AAP government.
HT had also asked its readers to rate the Kejriwal government before the chief minister sent his resignation to the L-G. Fifty-seven per cent of total respondents gave the AAP government 'Good' rating.
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A similar survey was conducted by research organisation C-fore in Delhi on February 15. In the survey a structured questionnaire with the following questions were administered to a statistically selected sample of 514 voters.
According to the survey results, Delhi residents are clearly disappointed with Kejriwal’s decision to step down over the jan lokpal bill but interestingly, they also firmly believe his decision will help the Aam Aadmi Party improve its tally in case of re-elections.
A Hindustan Times C fore survey in Delhi revealed that 59% respondents were disappointed with Kejriwal’s decision to quit but almost an equal number of people - 58% - believed that AAP would come back stronger when Delhi Assembly elections are held again.
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Results of the C-fore survey in Delhi echoed the findings of the online poll conducted by Hindustantimes.com, with responses from across the globe.
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