1. Poll: Setback for Narendra Modi’s BJP, Congress mukt Bharat mission rejected

Poll: Setback for Narendra Modi’s BJP, Congress mukt Bharat mission rejected

BJP is going to emerge as the largest party in the state at 170-183 seats to BSP's 115-124 seats and Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP) getting just between 94-103 - Congress may get 8-12 seats.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2016 1:18 AM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi (R). (File Photo) Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi (R). (File Photo)

An opinion poll undertaken in Uttar Pradesh, which revealed that Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is likely to be beaten by Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) with its supremo Mayawati likely to be appointed as the new chief minister of this vast state, has revealed another big setback for a pet BJP mission, which is to wipe the Congress out totally from India. The next assembly elections will be held some 6 months from now. However, BJP is going to emerge as the largest party in the state at 170-183 seats to BSP’s 115-124 seats and Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party (SP) getting just between 94-103 – Congress may get 8-12 seats. However, even though Rahul Gandhi and even his sister Priyanka Gandhi are nowhere near the top of any list in terms of being vote magnates, yet respondents to this poll have rejected giving BJP support of working towards a Congress mukt Bharat.

That must have come as a big relief to the Congress, which has seen its stature as the top-most political party since Independence and before that as the pre-eminent force in the freedom struggle against the British, diminish to just single-digit numbers in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. Yes, it ruled at the Centre for 10 years in the recent past, but since Narendra Modi muscled it out, it has been mostly downhill in elections for the grand old party, except in Karnataka.

The BJP had voiced the intent to get rid of the Congress from India as far back as before the general elections of 2014 and really acquired momentum when Amit Shah replaced Rajnath Singh as the President of the party. In fact, it was Narendra Modi who had actually started using the phrase first and famously ran away with the general elections to become the Prime Minister of India, ousting Manmohan Singh. In Uttar Pradesh during the general elections, while Congress won just 2 seats, those of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the BJP won 71/80 – that also puts in perspective about where the other parties like Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party stood post-poll.

Be that as it may, the respondents to the poll held in Uttar Pradesh, when asked about the Congress mukt Bharat mission of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), responded against it. As many as 54 per cent rejected the BJP’s intent to rid India of Congress forever, to literally wipe it out of existence. As many as 17 per cent of the people who responded were fence sitters and did not really know either way what they would like to see happen. Those who gave a thumbs up to the BJP were 29 per cent – this is still a very large number and shows Congress really in poor light for not being able to cater to the aspirations of such a large class of people. The chasm between Congress and the people has widened tremendously and it is not looking like lessening despite the fact that Rahul Gandhi has been touring the state and visiting large tracts of it meeting people from all walks of life and addressing well-attended rallies.

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    Pratap Rao
    Oct 16, 2016 at 1:02 pm
    It is a paid analysis. Modi is no longer por after attacks on Dalits and his divisive agenda against Muslims. How will BJP get 29% votes? Those who conducted the polls desire to demoralise other parties. I wonder whether BJP will cross 40 seats. Modi's India is not what people of India would like to live in. Young people are angry with attacks on universities and colleges. The young will not vote for him
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      abraham
      Oct 13, 2016 at 10:46 am
      Then U.P. will be filled with lot of statue's of Mayavathi and gootala with lootala
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        Ajay Pratap
        Oct 13, 2016 at 1:54 pm
        Are u guys nuts or do you want it to be written on your sarcastic faces whats written on the wall ... Or r u just political novice .Even a new entrant youth in politics knows that congress mukt bharat slogan was meant to wipe out congress from power i..e to restraint it from holding majority power in states as well as national level n as u said except karnatka bjp is success with nearly 100%strike rate .The congress is nowhere in power or a major player in any state of India now .
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          NIRAJ KUMAR
          Oct 13, 2016 at 4:50 am
          flawed and prejudice analysis.
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          1. Bhaskar Banerjee
            Oct 13, 2016 at 6:38 am
            laughable !! get some IQ
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              Rahul
              Oct 13, 2016 at 10:45 am
              I think.. financial express has been hiring under-average journalists who seems to have their brains embedded in their bums (closee to ) so your thoughts and views would obviously smell like . You py minds, when modi said that he dreams of congress-free nation, he means to say that he will try to remove congress government from the remaining states as well. He doesnt intend to say that each and every citizen of the country will vote in favour of congress-free nation
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                Rahul
                Oct 13, 2016 at 10:30 am
                I think.. financial express has been hiring under-average journalists who seems to have their brains embedded in their bums (closee to ) so your thoughts and views would obviously smell like . You py minds, when modi said that he dreams of congress-free nation, he means to say that he will try to remove congress government from the remaining states as well. He doesnt intend to say that each and every citizen of the country will vote in favour of congress-free nation
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                  REALISTIC
                  Oct 13, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                  SEEMS LIKE PAID MEDIA ANALYSIS
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                    REALISTIC
                    Oct 13, 2016 at 3:22 pm
                    Whatever the party wins, plz let us be practica . Iin recent election Only in am Bjp did well. dats all for recent elections... iN Maharastra, If NCP AND CONGRESS WERE IN ONLY ONE PARTY,, THRE IS NOT MUCH CREDIT FOR MAHARASTRA BJP.. IN NORTH EAST TSJUST BECOZ OF ALL DEFECTION JIMMICS... BUT IN REEALITY IN WEST BENGAL, CONGRESS DID WELL, INCRESTED ITS SEATS THAN PREVIOUS ELECIONS... IN BIHAR,, CONGRESS IMPROVED TREMEDOUSLY FROM PREVIOUS 4 SEATS TO 27 SEATS . IS IT COMMENSENSE THAT CONGRESS IS PICKING UP../ WHAT NONSENSE ANALYSIS IS THIS? iN RECEENT GUJARAT ELECTIONS FROR PANCHAYAT AND ZILLA PARISHADS, CONGRESS WON MORE THAN BJP. then WHRE CAN BE CONGRESS MUKT? CAN BJP OR ITS FRIENDS MEDIA CAN SAY CONGRESS MUKT GUJARAT? iF YOU CANNOT SAY CONGRESS MUKT GUJARAT.., WHAY YOU LIVE WITH ILLUSION OF CONGRESS MUKT..? FIRST LET THE MEDIA TALK ABOUT BJP MUIKT GUJARAT in comming days.. So let us dont spread wrong rumours on any party... let U TALK ABOUT YOUR VICTORIES.. NOT ABOUT THIS MUKT OR THAT MUKT... THERE IS PUNJAB.. LET US ANALYSE WHOSE MUKT IS GOING TO HAPPEN THERE. let the people decide with voting... Not with jumla analysis alone
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                      Vir
                      Oct 12, 2016 at 7:58 pm
                      How flawed is the analysis . BJP emerging as no 1 party still article shows as loosing party.How can Mayawati become CM if BJP is in majority
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