Pre-poll Survey: Modi is Gujarat's king, Cong lags behind

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New Delhi, Oct 31: Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) strongman and Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi seems all set to rule the state once again.

According to a pre-poll survey conducted by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) for CNN-IBN, Modi-led BJP is once again set to decimate the Congress and romp home with a thumping majority. The survey interviewed 3,658 voters in Gujarat and found that almost 50 per cent of them were in favour of the BJP, while the Congress was way behind with just 36 per cent.

Elections in the state will be held in two phases on Dec 13 and 17 and the results will be announced on Dec 20.

"In the 2007 Assembly election, BJP won 117 seats in the 182-member Assembly with a vote share of 49 per cent, which is likely to see a one percentage point gain in the 2012 poll. The Congress, on the other hand, has slipped two percentage points and will get only 36 per cent of the votes compared to 38 in the 2007 elections," said the pre-poll results.

"The Gujarat Parivartan Party of Keshubhai Patel, a former BJP leader and Gujarat chief minister, is set to get a paltry three per cent of votes. Keshubhai Patel's party did not exist during the 2007 election. Other smaller parties will grab the remaining 11 per cent, down from 13 per cent five years ago," added the pre-poll results.

Recently, Modi on Oct 7 completed 11 years at the helm of affairs in Gujarat, becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of the state.

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