March 17, 2018

New poll finds Congress, BJP neck and neck in Gujarat

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As per the survey, in October the BJP had a lead of four points among traders; however, the latest survey shows this has been almost reversed, with the Congress now getting 43% votes among the trading community, as opposed to the BJP at 40%.

On the other hand, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi today said, BJP government in the state has failed to provide employment to the youth. In the 2017 assembly elections, the BJP has given tickets to 24 former Congress leaders who have joined the saffron fold over the past few years. He said in Varanasi nagar nigam out of 90 seats of corporators the BJP won only 36 seats while the Congress and Samajwadi party together won 44 seats and the rest were won by the independents. In August, the seat projections for BJP were 150 plus seats, while it was said that the Congress would struggle to cross the 30-seat mark. The SP leader said out of total 5,261 ward members of the Nagar palika parishad, the BJP won only 914 seats and lost 4,347 seats.

Gujarat will see a close fight between the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress in the upcoming Assembly polls, as a recent opinion survey has predicted that each party will get 43 per cent votes. In fact, the modifications in the GST rates in November left the electorate more dissatisfied.

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Appealing to the Congress to stick to the truth, Mr Modi said, people of the state do not like poll time lollipops and false promises.

The report released on Monday evening, also reveals that the BJP's vote share has dropped by 16 percentage points in just four months. The survey, however, projected the saffron party ahead of the Congress in central Gujarat and in the Patidar stronghold of Saurashtra.

The poll suggests that different age groups would prefer to vote for different parties in the ensuing poll. Contrary to this, the elderly voters were found to split down the middle in the poll.

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