The ruling Congress in Andhra Pradesh is expected to win 124 seats in the 294-member House in the coming assembly elections, a sharp fall from its last tally, while actor Chiranjeevi’s newly formed party is likely to emerge as the kingmaker, according to a survey.
The Week/C-Voter survey projects that Opposition Telugu Desam Party could get 106 seats and Chiranjeevi’s Praja Rajyam Party 57.
In the last assembly elections, Congress had won 185 seats, whereas its main rival TDP had bagged 47 seats. According to the Week/C-Voter survey, the Congress is expected to get 39 per cent share of the votes cast, followed by 29 per cent by the TDP and 21 per cent by the PRP.
Smaller parties and others are predicted to get 11 per cent. Andhra Pradesh with 294 assembly seats is going to polls on April 16. According to the survey, 43 per cent of respondents want a change of government in the state.
It projects that Congress may have a negative swing of 11 per cent in the polls, while TDP’s negative swing will be to the tune of 12 per cent, making the elections a close contest. “Who is the best chief ministerial candidate?”
According to the survey, present incumbent Y S R Reddy has the support of 30 per cent of the respondents. Former chief minister Chandrababu Naidu (TDP) and Chiranjeevi (PRP) follow with 26 per cent votes each.
Eighteen per cent of the respondents failed to say who is the best bet.