Modi may sweep Gujarat again: Opinion poll
New Delhi: If the ABP News-AC Nielsen opinion poll is anything to go by, two-time Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi , could record a landslide victory in December’s Assembly elections.
The opinion poll, conducted across 91 Assembly constituencies between October 16 and 29, suggests the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) strongman could bag 124 of the 182 seats — more than a two-third majority. It shows 62 per cent of the state’s voters also want to see Modi playing a key role on the national scene in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Modi baiters — Keshubhai Patel of the newly formed Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) and rebel BJP member Kannubhai Kalsaria — look unlikely to make a significant dent in the Gujarat chief minister’s prospects. They might, instead, end up damaging the Congress’ chances by dividing the anti-Modi votes. Congress representation in the Assembly could fall to 51 from 59 in 2007, even as it might maintain its 38 per cent vote share.
Though the BJP’s vote share could fall to 47 per cent from 49.12 per cent in 2007, the opinion poll indicates, its number of seats could go up. The state has only 26 Lok Sabha seats but, the poll also shows, 53 per cent of the Gujarat voters would want Modi to lead his party in Delhi for the Lok Sabha polls.
A renewed mandate for Modi — giving him a third consecutive term at the helm of the state — is likely to consolidate his position within the national party.
Reacting on the rumours that Congress may name Unique Identification Authority of India Chairman, Nandan Nilekani as its candidate for Prime Minister, JD(U) Leader Shivanand Tiwari said the move could be suicidal for the party.
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