Riding high on the ‘Modi wave’, the BJP is likely to gain full majority in the Delhi Assembly elections, predicts an opinion poll conducted by ABP News-Nielsen.
The survey says the BJP will win 46 seats in the 70-seat Delhi assembly in the upcoming polls, giving the party a clear majority. The party’s vote share is likely to be about 38 per cent, it says.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which won 28 seats in the 2013 assembly elections, is now likely to bag 18 seats this time around. Its vote share may dip slightly to 26 per cent, compared to 27 per cent in 2013.
The opinion poll predicts that the Congress will perform even more poorly than the 2013 elections, giving the party 5 seats against 8 last year.
While the survey gives a clear lead to the BJP, the opinion of the respondents is mixed when it comes to the most suitable candidate for the chief minister’s post.
According to the opinion poll, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal is the most preferred chief minister candidate with 39 per cent respondents rooting for him. The BJP’s Harshvardhan is a close second with 38 per cent.
About two-third respondents said they were satisfied with the work done by Arvind Kejriwal in his 49-day tenure, which may be the reason why he is still favoured for the CM’s post.
As per the opinion poll, Narendra Modi remains the most popular leader among the respondents surveyed, leading by a huge margin of 63 per cent. Kejriwal is the second-most popular leader with 25 per cent. Rahul Gandhi trails with 12 per cent.
More than half (56 per cent) of the respondents feel that with Narendra Modi being the prime minister of the nation, “achche din” (good days) are here.
The opinion poll was conducted by ABP News-Nielsen among 6,528 respondents in 35 assembly constituencies during November 5, 2014 to November 7, 2014.