Gadkari faces real acid test in UP polls: Survey

Assembly Elections are due in Uttar Pradesh in about 18 months time.

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2010, 15:25 PM IST

New Delhi: After the remarkable showing
of the party in Bihar, BJP president Nitin Gadkari faces the
real acid test in Uttar Pradesh where Assembly Elections are
due in about 18 months time, a survey on his leadership has
said.

The ORG-Pioneer survey on performance evaluation of
Gadkari, who recently completed one year as party chief, said
what lies ahead for Gadkari may not be a bed of roses in the
backdrop of the Bihar verdict.

The sample of 2,143 respondents for the survey was
drawn from eight representative cities spread over eight major
states including Delhi, Patna and Lucknow as also Bangalore
and Kolkata.

His acid test in UP could be reflected from the fact
captured in the survey which saw the "least positive response"
in UP on the level of satisfaction on Gadkari`s contribution
with no response from over 60 per cent respondents.

Thus, the survey showed that the challenge before
Gadkari lay not only to turnaround and rejuvenate the party in
UP but also to project BJP as the viable and preferred
alternative.

The survey sponsored by daily "Pioneer" claimed that
in Bihar elections Nitish Kumar`s past performance propped up
JD(U)`s increased seats while Gadkari`s skills and qualities
ensure an unprecedented strike rate for the party.

In the survey, nationally 74 per cent respondents
supported that Gadkari continue as party chief. Among the
states, the highest support for his continuance was recorded
in Karnataka followed closely by Maharashtra. The rating
fell below 60 per cent only in Assam.

The survey claimed that Gadkari`s tactics to make the
rival factions in BJP to jointly sort out the candidates for
each constituency, the thrust of selection only by merit as
well as his firm handling of the dissidents led to the
remarkable success.

PTI