PM Modi

Bharatiya Janata Party supporters during a rally in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh in March. Photo: Bloomberg

By Niluxi Kosvanage

The coalition led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party is expected to win a majority of votes in the country’s most populous state, according to an opinion poll about two weeks before national elections.

Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance is expected to get 52 percent of the votes in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, according to the findings of an ABP News-CVoter opinion poll late Tuesday. The opposition alliance of more than 20 parties is likely to get 36 percent vote share. Uttar Pradesh is politically important as the state alone sends 80 MLAs to the 543-member lower house of Parliament.

The prime minister is counting on strong economic growth and Hindu nationalist policies to return to power for a record third time. Modi is predicting that his party and allies will win more than 400 seats in Parliament.

Here are some other findings from the survey:

– 42 percent of the respondents who participated in the survey were highly satisfied with the Modi government, while 29 percent said that they were less satisfied and 27 percent said that they were dissatisfied.

– 62 percent people want to see Modi as Prime Minister, and 24 percent want Rahul Gandhi of the opposition Congress to get the top post.

– On the performance of the BJP-controlled state government in Uttar Pradesh, 51 percent reported being very satisfied, while 25 percent were less satisfied. Another 23 percent were dissatisfied

– 2,258 people were included in the survey. There is a margin of error of 3 percent to 5 percent in either direction.

first published: 03 April 2024 | 8:50 am First

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