Maharashtra assembly elections 2014: BJP to win 133 seats, predicts India Today-Cicero opinion poll

Mumbai, October 10: As the assembly elections in Maharashtra are just 5 days away, the opinion poll surveys have predicted a win-win situation for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Maharashtra with total 288 assembly seats and Haryana with total 90 assembly seats, will go to assembly polls on October 15, Thursday and the counting of votes will take place on October 19, Sunday.

According to a poll survey conducted by Cicero for the India Today group, BJP may win 133 of the 288 seats in Maharashtra, with vote share of 30%.

In 2009, BJP just managed to win 46 seats with 14% vote-share.

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However, the survey also predicted that in case, if BJP gets 125 seats, then it will have to go back to its former ally Shiv Sena or may even have to reach out to Sharad Pawar-led NCP.

What did survey predict for Shiv Sena?

Shiv Sena-led by Uddhav Thackeray may win 57 seats and emerge as the second largest party on October 19, when the votes will be counted. It got 43 seats in 2009 state assembly polls.

Survey paints gloomy picture for Congress, NCP

The Congress and NCP, who split their ties due to differences over seat-sharing are set to bag only 30 and 33 seats respectively, the survey predicted.

In 2009, Congress and NCP had won 82 and 62 seats respectively.

This will be the first time that Maharashtra will see a four-cornered contest.

As a part of the survey, that was held between September 30 and October 4, the respondents gave 49% for 'Congress as the most corrupt' and 10% respondents said NCP was corrupt.

The survey also spelled doom for Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) with only 10 seats in its kitty. In 2009, it had won 13 seats.

Maharashtrians preference for CM

18% want BJP candidate as CM, even though, the party has not officially declared any name for the top post yet.

16% prefer Shiv Sena chief Uhhav Thackeray as their choice of CM, 11% prefer Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and only 9% would again like to see Congress leader Prithvi Raj Chavan as their next CM.

Only 6% voted for Sharad Pawar and 5% for Raj Thackeray as Maharashtra CM.

Other interesting predictions by Opinion poll survey:

50% respondents said they are not happy with 15-year-old Congress-NCP rule.

43% respondents said they are happy with the Modi-government's performance at the Centre.

13% respondents said that Modi-government has performed 'beyond expectations'.

Poll issues for Maharashtra

Corruption is the biggest poll issue this year for Maharashtra and water, power shortage, bad roads and inflation are other important issues.

The poll was conducted in 96 assemblies with 381 locations and 7,346 respondents participated in the poll survey, it said.

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