A Maharashtra pre-poll survey has revealed that the BJP may be able to form the next government in Maharashtra unaided by  former coalition partner Shiv Sena

maharashtra pre poll survey Maharashtra Pre Poll Survey Shows that BJP Got it Right

  1. Much is being made of the fact that the BJP, the party ruling at the centre chose to end its decades long alliance with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra before the upcoming Maharashtra Assembly Polls. Predictably there have been some accusations leveled with either side wanting to lay blame at the other’s doorstep when it fact it has been disagreements with regard to seat sharing that saw the end of the alliance. There is also the perception that the BJP now feels that they just don’t need the Sena. According to Uddhav Thackrey, the PM’s silence was responsible for the breakup. “When the alliance broke, Narendra bhai could have also done. He did nothing,”
  2. It is possible that alienating the Shiv Sena was a calculated risk that the BJP took, perceiving that they no longer needed Maharashtra’s regional party to cobble together the numbers to form the next government in the state. The perception that BJP could make the numbers unassisted and without coalition partners probably based itself on the current popularity and high visibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as well.
  3. maharashtra pre poll survey21 Maharashtra Pre Poll Survey Shows that BJP Got it RightWhatever the calculations of the BJP, a Maharashtra pre-poll survey conducted in the state has revealed that BJP will most likely form the next government in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. Ever senior leaders of the Congress and NCP have conceded that the BJP has an edge over the other political parties this time around.
  4. The pre-poll survey has found that BJP’s self confidence was not misplaced – an opinion poll conducted by the India Today Group and Cicero has predicted that the BJP may win 133 of the 288 seats in Maharashtra; which means that the saffron party has a chance of forming the government largely unaided after the elections.
  5. The poll has suggested that Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena will probably get in the region of 57 seats and will emerge as the second largest party in the state. The worst losses are likely to be sustained by the Congress and the Sharad Pawar-led NCP coalition, in power for the last 15 years which is likely to bear the brunt of anti-incumbency.
  6. maharashtra pre poll survey3 Maharashtra Pre Poll Survey Shows that BJP Got it RightThe poll has also predicted that the legacy of Balasaheb Thackeray and the current popularity of Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena notwithstanding, the regional party is likely to fall short on other parameters as well. Individually as well, BJP leaders have the edge over the Shiv Sena leader for the post of Maharashtra’s next Chief Minister. Anyone of the BJP is likely to do better than Tharkrey or any Congress leaders.
  7. Our new and seemingly indefatigable Prime Minister’s hard work and extremely high visibility seem to be paying off. Mr. Narendra Modi has been addressing as many as 4 rallies in a day as part of the campaign for his party in Maharashtra. People seem to be more interested in hearing what he says rather than listening to Uddhav Thackrey crib about the BJP.
  8. Tomorrow 8.4 crore voters in the state will cast their votes at over 90,000 polling booths for 288 legislative constituencies in Maharashtra.

Images 1 & 2 Source – IndiaToday.in, Images 3 Source – IndiaToday.in

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