Chandigarh/New Delhi: With the announcement of the Haryana Assembly election, the first opinion poll has been released. According to the poll, the BJP is going to retain power under the leadership of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in the state with a lot more seats than what it could garner last time.
According to the ABP News/C-Voter survey, the BJP can get 78 out of a total of 90 seats in Haryana. Congress can manage a mere eight seats, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) will get one seat and others just three.
In the 2014 Assembly election in Haryana, the BJP had got 47 seats out of 90 Assembly constituencies in the state. Congress had 15 seats and INLD 19 seats while Haryana Janhit Congress had 2 seats. The BSP and the Akali Dal won a seat each. Independent candidates won 5 Assembly seats.
How Khattar is making it
In the ABP News/C voter survey, the opposition criticism of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar notwithstanding, he has been found to be the people’s first choice for the post of chief minister. Khattar leads this race with 48% votes.
Thirteen per cent of the people want senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to become the chief minister.
Dushyant Chautala, with his party Jananayak Janata Party (JJP), is the third choice for the post with 11% votes.
Who can get what percentage of votes
According to the opinion poll, the BJP is looking far ahead of the competition in terms of vote share. It is estimated that BJP may get 48% of the votes in the 21 October polling.
Congress lags far behind. According to the poll, the Congress may get less than half of the BJP’s 22%, the JJP 8%, the INLD 3% and other parties all put together 21%.
According to the opinion poll, the greatest issue is the lack of employment in Haryana. Interestingly, water is considered the second major problem. Out of those polled, 27.6% have described employment and 14.1% the water problem as the most important electoral issue.
Of those polled, 4.9% of people consider price rise and 4.5% of people consider electricity as electoral issues. Among those interviewed by the surveyors, 3.6% have described corruption as a major electoral issue.
The Election Commission announced the date of Assembly elections in Haryana today. The state will vote on all 90 seats in a single phase on 21 October while votes will be counted on 24 October.
Giving information about the election program, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that notification will be issued in Haryana on 27 September. Nominations can be filed by 4 October, which can be withdrawn by 7 October.