Though he is targeted for slow decision-making by both his opposition and his allies, Prithviraj Chavan has emerged as the most preferred choice for chief ministership in a survey conducted by HT among Mumbai voters.
Chavan — who resigned on Friday after the state government was reduced to minority when the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) pulled out of its alliance with the Congress — is preferred by 25% of the voters surveyed by Hindustan Times- C fore.
According to the survey result, Chavan, who is known for his clean image and is contesting from Karad south, bagged the support of 25% voters, closely followed by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, who garnered support from 23% voters.
All the major political parties in the state have more or less projected their CM candidates, which will be a major plus for parties, according to the survey. Around 51% of voters wanted parties to announce their CM candidate, while 33% did not want them to.
“The survey indicates that voters want parties to project their leadership so as to hold the person in-charge more accountable. At the same time, it remains to be seen how much this will influence voters. The support for Chavan may not translate to support for Congress and more than Fadnavis, people may get swayed by Modi,’’ said Surendra Jondhale, political analyst.
Under HT- C fore survey, C fore conducted a survey of statistically selected 1,036 voters in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, using a structure questionnaire.
“25% voters preferred Chavan as CM because our party provided good governance and it will continue if our party appears as the largest party in the state Assembly polls,” said Janardan Chandurkar, Mumbai Congress chief.
Activist Rajkumar Sharma, however, feels it is not good governance, but the lack of available options that has led survey voters to support Chavan and Thackeray.
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, known for his oratory skills, gave both leaders a close fight with 21% voters supporting him as the CM candidate. Raj Thackeray had earlier projected himself as the MNS’ CM candidate but later retracted his decision.
While both BJP bigwigs, Union minister Nitin Gadkari and Devendra Phadnavis (candidate from Nagpur south west) trailed far behind with 7% and 3% voters respectively. Nationalist Congress Party’s CM aspirant and former deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar got support from just 5% voters.