An opinion poll conducted by VMR for India TV and Times Now has predicted a comfortable victory for the ruling BJP in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. But the difference of vote percentage between the two parties is just 5 per cent, it said.
The poll further said the BJP may win 106-116 seats in the 182-member Assembly. The principal Opposition, the Congress, will win 63-73 seats, while others may win two-four seats, it added.
The BJP will get 45 per cent of the votes while the Congress will get 40 per cent, said the survey. Others will get 15 per cent votes.
Earlier, a survey by Delhi-based CSDS had predicted that both the parties will get 43 per cent of votes each in the election.
The first phase of Gujarat polls is slated for December 9, while the second phase is on December 14. The results will be announced on December 18.
The VMR survey said the BJP may win 23-27 seats from Central Gujarat, where the Congress will get 13-17 seats. In the 2012 elections, the BJP had won 20 seats from the area while the Congress got 18 seats.
In the 53 seats in North Gujarat too, the BJP is predicted to get more seats than the Congress. The BJP may get 30-34 seats while the Congress will get 18-22 seats, and two seats may go to others, the survey predicted.
The favourable international ratings and announcements for farmers are helping the BJP’s chances in the State, said the survey. However, the Sardar Sarovar Dam project has worked against it, it added.
On the favoured chief ministerial candidate, VMR said incumbent Vijay Rupani was supported by 36 per cent of the survey participants, followed by Anandiben Patel and Nitin Patel at 7 per cent each, and Shankersinh Vaghela at 5 per cent.