In the run-up to the Chhattisgarh assembly elections that are likely to be held later this year, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appears to be in a relatively comfortable position in the state. According to the findings of the first edition of India Today's Political Stock Exchange (PSE), 41 per cent of the respondents favoured incumbent Chief Minister (CM) Raman Singh as the next chief minister. Raman Singh, a three-time chief minister, has been in power since 2003.
The poll portrays a worrying situation for the Congress as only 21 per cent of the respondent wanted state Congress president Bhupesh Baghel to be Chhattisgarh's next CM.
The PSE is the first-of-its-kind weekly tracker of the country's political mood ahead of the crucial assembly polls and the 2019 Lok Sabha election. It showcases data collected through telephonic interviews by Axis My India, India's most successful polling agency. The sample size for the poll in Chhattisgarh was 4,598.
Responding to the performance of the Raman Singh government, around 39 per cent expressed satisfaction with his administration, while 34 per cent said they prefer a change.
In the poll, respondents said drainage, sanitation and unemployment are the major issues in the upcoming assembly polls. These were followed by agrarian issues and price rise.
In regards to the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi vis-a-vis Congress president Rahul Gandhi, as many as 59 per cent of the respondents said they are in favour of giving PM Modi another term, while 34 per cent want Rahul Gandhi to be the next PM.
In 2013, the BJP had won 49 of the state's 90 assembly seats. The Congress managed to garner 39 seats.
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