Bhopal, Aug 1: An innocuous pre-poll finding published in an English language daily on Wednesday had people sit up and take note. A report in National Herald, Congress’ mouthpiece, says a pre-poll survey predicts a comfortable win for the BJP in the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh elections. In its survey findings released on July 27, Spick Media Network said a Congress-BSP alliance could create problems for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh. It goes on to add that without an alliance, it would be a smooth sail for the incumbent government. Tamil Nadu-based news media outlet Spick Media Network said a Congress-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance will give a tough fight to the BJP in Madhya Pradesh assembly elections by 2018-end. Also Read - Blow to Mayawati As 5 BSP MLAs Withdraw Support, Set to Join Samajwadi Party
In case the Congress and the BSP fail to work out an alliance, it predicted an easy win for the BJP. The Spick findings said that in case the Congress and the BSP fought independently, the BJP would get a majority of 147/230 seats. However, if faced with a Congress-BSP alliance, the BJP’s seat tally would fall to 126. In the survey conducted between June and July, the Congress-BSP alliance is close on the heels of the BJP with 103 seats. Also Read - Bihar Phase 1 Polls LIVE: Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi Casts His Vote in Gaya, Exudes Confidence in NDA's Victory
With just four months left to the Assembly elections, the findings should worry the saffron camp. Talks between the BSP and the Congress over seat-sharing are already underway. The survey also showed that the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi remains high in Madhya Pradesh. Likewise, in the Lok Sabha elections, Spick Media found that a Congress-BSP alliance will reduce BJP’s current tally in the state from 26 to 16. Strangely, Spick adds that this cut won’t make much of a difference to the BJP.
The report comes a day after the daily headlined a report on the Rafale deal by calling it ‘Modi’s Bofors’. BJP happily dubbed it as Congress’ self goal.