1. Poll on Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections: Mayawati emerges as likely CM; BJP misses bus

Poll on Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections: Mayawati emerges as likely CM; BJP misses bus

According to a poll on the soon to be held Uttar Pradesh elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has emerged as the likely next chief minister

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 12, 2016 9:57 PM
According to a poll on the soon to be held Uttar Pradesh elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has emerged as the likely next chief minister even though the poll would throw up a hung assembly. (PTI) According to a poll on the soon to be held Uttar Pradesh elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has emerged as the likely next chief minister even though the poll would throw up a hung assembly. (PTI)

According to a poll on the soon to be held Uttar Pradesh elections, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has emerged as the likely next chief minister even though the poll would throw up a hung assembly. However, the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to emerge as the largest political party by winning as many as 170-183 seats. The elections will be held in under 6 months.

But this number of members of legislative assembly (MLAs) will still not make for a majority in the 403-member assembly, as the party must win or have the support of as many as 202 MLAs to secure a majority and have the right to appoint its chief minister and form a government.

That also means Mulayam Singh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party is set to lose very badly after 5 years of staying in power with chief minister Akhilesh Yadav’s government the victim of the perception that SP has. He may have done some good work, but the perception is that Uttar Pradesh has not really grown as expected or as per potential under his rule.

BSP, under the fiery leadership of Mayawati, has gained a huge mileage over the last 12-16 months and is expected to reap the benefits. as per the India Today-Axis Opinion Poll for Uttar Pradesh, the party is all set to emerge as second alone to the BJP by bagging as many as 115-124 seats. Mulayam Singh Yadav will get just between 94-103.

The Rahul Gandhi led Congress campaign is expected to fizzle out and not really provide any great benefit to the party during the elections. With Sheila Dikshit as the chief ministerial candidate, the party has failed to create any impression on the public, as per the poll findings. Congress is likely to face great difficulty in even crossing into two figures and at best may bag 8-12 seats.

The message is also that even though PM Narendra Modi has run such a strong campaign and his right-hand man camping in Uttar Pradesh for months and months, the BJP will still not be able to form its own government. Also, from rising economic growth to surgical strikes against Pakistan, people across UP are still not enthused enough to vote for the BJP en masse.

On the question of who should be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the majority indicated it wanted Mayawati in the seat. Check out the numbers: 31 per cent of the people who took the survey said they wanted Mayawati as CM, while a surprisingly large number, 27 per cent, named Akhilesh Yadav. Sheila Dikshit got just 1 percent.

The poll had thrown in the name of Priyanka Gandhi, but as far as respondents were concerned, she was not the one for UP. She just about scrapped past Dikshit by getting two per cent.

However, the respondents were quite gung-ho about Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh. As many as 18 per cent said they wanted him as CM. Also, surprisingly, as many as 14 per cent wanted the controversial BJP leader Yogi Adityanath as CM.

With Uttar Pradesh suffering the most from a law and order problem, they indicated that Mayawati was the best person to impose peace across UP. A surprisingly large 64 per cent said she is the best in this respect, Akhilesh Yadav was second at 17 per cent and Rajnath Singh at 18.

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    Tinku
    Oct 14, 2016 at 3:02 am
    Mayawati will get clear majority this time. Indian Express publishes rubbish report.
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      SHUBHAM AGARWAL
      Oct 12, 2016 at 5:06 pm
      @indianexpress kindly provide a link to entire survey result and do not just give a mere highlight of it
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        SHUBHAM AGARWAL
        Oct 12, 2016 at 5:05 pm
        @indianexpress kindly provide a link to entire survey result and do not just give a mere highlight of it.
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          manoj
          Oct 14, 2016 at 9:00 am
          UP people traped because their best CM inBSP .But leading party is BJP.what are they do .we can see later .I guess it is a fake exit poll for confusing UP people .64% agree Mayavati as a best CM .suppose 64% cast their vote to BSP what do BJP? BSP won high margin .this exit poll good for BSP .that is the muslims and daliths consolid their vote for BSP
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            manoj
            Oct 13, 2016 at 8:57 am
            UP People is traped their best CM in BSP but leading party is BJP. What they do we can see later. I guess it is a fake exit poll for confusioning UP people
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              sk
              Oct 12, 2016 at 5:28 pm
              Survey is wrong, Mayawati is only going to become CM with full thumping majority.
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                Mohan
                Oct 12, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                Last sentence: Akhilesh Yadav was second at 17 per cent and Rajnath Singh at 18.Go back to school to learn Math.
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                  PG
                  Oct 17, 2016 at 1:39 pm
                  A Mayawati-led government with BJP support can be very potent.
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                    Ramananda
                    Oct 13, 2016 at 6:27 am
                    In 403 member embly how can a leader with 124 members support become CM? If so why not Sheila Dixit?
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                      Ramachandran Tharakabhushanam
                      Oct 12, 2016 at 10:27 pm
                      God saved the country. Another political disaster for GoP
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