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Chattisgarh opinion poll predicts third term for BJP

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 05, 2013
First Published: 22:17 IST(5/11/2013) | Last Updated: 00:57 IST(6/11/2013)

In fresh bad news for the Congress, which has demanded a ban on the opinion polls, yet another survey has predicted a third consecutive term for the BJP in Chhattisgarh during this month’s assembly elections.

The ABP News-Dainik Bhaskar-Nielsen opinion poll has predicted that the BJP is likely to get 60 seats in the 90 member assembly, an improvement over its 2008 performance. A release by the ABP News stated that its findings are based on views of 8,000 respondents across the state.

According to the poll findings, the BJP vote share is likely to go up from 40 to 44%, which might increase its tally from 49 seats in 2008 to 60 seats this time.
The Congress, which had got 39 seats last time, is likely to slip to its all-time low of 27 seats this time, according to the poll.

Majority of the respondents in the poll rated chief minister Raman Singh as their favourite choice for the job again. According to the channel, an overwhelming three-fourth of the respondents (around 81%) rated Singh’s performance as “good and very good.”

Congress leader Ajit Jogi emerged as a distant second in the race for chief ministership, according to the poll findings.

Rising inflation as emerged as a key factor behind the voters intention for preferring the BJP over the Congress, which they feel has failed to check price rise effectively at the national level, according to the survey.

Among the state issues, bad condition of roads has emerged as a major issue, followed by the electricity problem, unavailability of drinking water and unemployment.

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