Bengaluru, Jan 23: How do general opinions on former Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and BJP's chief ministerial candidate for the February 7 election stand? [Follow special coverage of Delhi assembly election 2015]
According to an opinion poll conducted by the India Today Group and Cicero in 35 assembly constituencies of Delhi, 30 per cent feels Kejriwal is a runaway chief minister (he served as the CM of Delhi with the Congress's backing for 49 days between December 2013 and February 2014) while 25 per cent feels is a revolutionary.
Twenty-two per cent of the respondents feels the activist-politician is a political leader and 14 per cent feels he is an anarchist. [Don't want anarchists, says PM Narendra Modi]
72% of the respondents were in favour of a TV debate while 13% said no
Regarding Kejriwal's chief opponent Kiran Bedi [Kejriwal leads the race against Bedi and Maken], 37 per cent of the respondents feel she was deliberately brought in by the BJP to counter Kejriwal while 28 per cent felt the former supercop was a natural choice to become the chief minister of Delhi.
Thirteen per cent of the voters felt the BJP had no other option but to nominate Bedi as its chief ministerial candidate while 12 per cent felt the saffron party is not confident about the Modi wave in Delhi and hence opted for Bedi. [Delhi divided over Bedi's projection as CM candidate by BJP]
However, 49 per cent of those who were surveyed felt protest by dissidents in the BJP was harnming the party ahead of the crucial polls.
The results of the Delhi assembly election, which will be held for the second time in 15 months, will be declared on February 10.