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.
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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