Even though the Samajwadi Party saw a bitter feud within its senior leaders, Akhilesh Yadav remains top choice for the chief minister in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly Poll, which is expected to be held early next year.
As per the BP News-CICERO snap poll which was conducted between August 26-28, nearly 31 percent voters preferred Akhilesh Yadav as the chief minister. He is closely followed by Mayawati with 27 percent preferring her, while BJP’s Yogi Adityanath was the choice of 24 percent.
Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, JP UP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Congress’ chief ministerial face Shiela Dixit were preferred by only 2 percent voters, the ABP news channel has said.
With feud within the ruling Samajwadi Party is now out in the open, nearly 30 percent voters felt that Mulayam Singh Yadav’s image has taken a beating due to the power tussle, while 16 percent felt that the image was Akhilesh Yadav has also hurt after he sacked is uncle and UP minister Shivpal Yadav from his cabinet, dividing the family in two groups. Nearly 43 percent felt the incident has hurt the public image of both the leaders.
The BJP, has gained most from the spat, with 9 percent of voters said that saffron party will get the advantage of the infight in the ruling while 29 percent felt it will help BSP to return to the after 5 years.
The cracks in Samajwadi party will help congress, said 3 percent of the respondents.
Most respondents felt that Akhilesh Yadav should continue with the Samajwadi Party. When asked, whether Akhilesh should form a new party and contest polls, 55 percent replied in negative.