Easy win for BJP in Gujarat, but likely to miss 150-seat mark

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Easy win for BJP in Gujarat, but likely to miss 150-seat mark

NEW DELHI: An opinion survey conducted by Times Now-VMR predicts an easy win for the BJP in Gujarat Assembly election, but the party will fall short of its ambitious 150-seat mark.

The BJP is expected to secure 111 seats in the 182-member House, while the Congress, backed by Hardik Patel’s will finish a distant second with 68 seats, seven more than what it bagged in the previous state polls. Other parties finish at the bottom of the table with only 3 seats apiece.

The survey results reveal that the BJP’s vote-share has declined by 3 per cent and the Congress has increased its vote-share by 1 per cent since the 2012 election.

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The ruling BJP leads the pack in all four regions of Gujarat. The forecast sees the saffron party bettering its performance in Central and South Gujarat, but losing 5 per cent of its vote share in North Gujarat, where Congress is resurgent. The results also point to a close fight between the BJP and Congress in the Kutch-Saurashtra region.

Chief minister Vijay Rupani continues to remain popular in the state, with 36 per cent respondents supporting the incumbent’s return as head of the state government.


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