New Delhi: The BJP, which is riding high on the ‘Narendra Modi wave’, is likely to gain an absolute majority in the upcoming Delhi Assembly elections, a latest survey has predicted.
According to the survey, the BJP is expected to win at least 46 seats in the 70-seat Delhi Assembly in the upcoming polls, giving the party a clear majority. The party is also likely to get around 38 percent vote share.
Interestingly, BJP's main rival Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP is tipped to finish second in the electoral battle here and the Congress will be completely routed, the survey says.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which won 28 seats in the 2013 assembly elections, is now likely to win 18 seats this time around. AAP's vote share is also expected to see a marginal decline from 27% in 2013 polls to 26% this time.
If the survey is to be believed then the Congress is expected to perform even more poorly than the 2013 elections, giving the party only 5 seats as compared to 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 survey, AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal is the most preferred candidate for the chief minister's chair with 39 percent respondents voting for him. The BJP’s main face in 2013 polls - Dr Harshvardhan - is a close second with 38 percent.
About two-third respondents are 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, the findings of the survey tells.
Importantly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains the most popular leader among the respondents surveyed, leading by a huge margin of 63 percent. Kejriwal is the second-most popular leader with 25 percent. Rahul Gandhi trails with 12 percent.
Almost 56 percent of the respondents feel that under the prime ministership of Narendra Modi, “achche din” (good days) are here.
About 6,528 respondents in 35 assembly constituencies were covered in the survey which was conducted during November 5 to November 7, 2014.