Setback for Sonia Gandhi's Congress as Bharatiya Janata Party to emerge as largest in Lok Sabha polls: Survey

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A supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party holds a poster featuring Narendra Modi outside the party office in Ahmedabad. Reuters A supporter of the Bharatiya Janata Party holds a poster featuring Narendra Modi outside the party office in Ahmedabad. Reuters
Summary'BJP set to muscle out Cong as India's largest political party, Narendra Modi tops to-be PM list.'

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will emerge as the single largest party in the coming Parliamentary elections pushing out Sonia Gandhi's Congress Party from its perch, a survey has claimed.

"BJP has emerged as a clear winner across the country, (more so in north and west). Majority of young people, in the age group of 18 to 30, favoured the party.

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While in south, both BJP and Congress were running neck to neck," a survey by AC Nelson-ABP News said.

Majority of people from north (around 42 per cent) were unhappy with the performance of UPA-II and in a setback to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the respondents rated his performance "even below his government's performance", it claimed.

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Narendra Modi has emerged as the favourable prime ministerial (PM) candidate as more than 60 per cent people expressed satisfaction on his performance, the survey said, adding that majority of people feels that the Gujarat Chief Minister should be declared as BJP's PM candidate.

More than 60 per cent have rated Modi's performance as good or very good, he was more popular among the voters from north, younger generation and affluent. 70 per cent respondents in Gujarat rated Narendra Modi's performance as very good or good, with a mean score of 4.3, the survey said.

Modi clearly emerged as front runner for the post of Prime Minister, followed by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Singh.

Across all zones except south, Narendra Modi emerged as the clear choice for the post of Prime Minister, while in south, he was neck to neck with Rahul Gandhi.

Singh's performance was rated as poor and very poor among the north Indian voters, who rated his performance even below the performance of UPA-II government.

Around 40 per cent of the respondents feel that Singh was responsible for poor economic situation of the country. But surprisingly, in southern states, 45 per cent people held Finance Minister P. Chidambaram responsible for it.

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