Karnataka Assembly elections: Pre-poll survey predicts Congress victory

Political News, State, (Bengaluru), August 21:-A pre-poll survey ahead of the Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 has predicted a Congress win, while the BJP would finish second if the polls were to be held today.

The survey was carried out by C Fore between July 19 and August 10. It predicted Congress would win around 120-132 seats, while BJP will improve its tally from the last time to 60-72. JD(S) is expected to get 24-30 seats. The survey predicts that Congress is likely to get a vote share of around 43 per cent, BJP will get around 32 per cent votes and JD(S) around 17 per cent.

According to India Today, C Fore claimed to have interviewed 24,676 voters from 165 assembly constituencies and used systematic random sampling methodology to select respondents. The survey also revealed that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s Anna Bhagya scheme was most popular among the respondents, followed by Mid day meal scheme. However, shortage of drinking water, poor roads, unemployment and poor garbage disposal issue affect most of the residents.

A report last month claimed that the Congress was conducting a survey to collect data to help it select candidates and decide strategy for the upcoming assembly polls, which is also being seen as a pre-test of the General Elections 2019.

Karnataka Congress chief had then said the party was conducting divisional surveys and after these are complete, it will organise conferences in all the districts to inform people about the government’s achievements.

However, BJP chief Amit Shah last week promised a BJP win in Karnataka. During a three-day visit to the state, Shah said, “I have come here with a firm will to bring the BJP back to power in the state. I can sense the mood of the people to give our party an opportunity again to serve them.”

Shah said BJP would try to win 150 out of 225 assembly seats to form the next government in the state. ” “It will be a BJP government this time to free the people from the corrupt and incompetent Congress government in the state. We will make Karnataka also a Congress-free state, as we did in other states,” Shad added.

The next Karnataka Assembly elections are expected to be held in early 2018.

-(NAV, inputs: Agencies)

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