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BJP to retain power in Chhattisgarh: survey

New Delhi: The BJP is likely to retain power in Chhattisgarh by winning 60 out of the 90 assembly seats in the state, a latest pre-poll survey says.

The survey has predicted a "hat-trick" for BJP Chief Minister Raman Singh in the forthcoming Chhattisgarh polls.

The ABP-News-Dainik Bhaskar-Nielson survey today said that the BJP has been predicted to lead with 44 percent vote share while the Congress is likely to get around 27 seats.

 BJP to retain power in Chhattisgarh: survey

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh. PTI

Meanwhile others and independents are likely to win about three seats in the state polls.

"BJP is likely to gain over Congress in Naxal-infested South and North Chhattisgarh by 12 and 17 seats respectively. Congress is predicted to get 16 seats as compared to 23 seats in 2008 Assembly elections in central Chhattisgarh," the survey said.

According to the survey, rising inflation will act as a key factor for change in voting intention from Congress to BJP while ability to control rising prices has been cited as the most important reason for voting for BJP.

Although the opinion of the people over Chhattisgarh government's ability to deal effectively with Naxalism was divided, on an overall level, the survey found out that a little more than 29 per cent people felt that government should opt for negotiations as a way to tackle Naxalism.

However, a vast majority (94 percent) were found to be aware of the Food Security Scheme indicating that the scheme has been propagated well by the state government.

"Around 82 percent respondents said that they have either personally benefited or have heard of others getting benefited by the Mukhyamantri Swasthya Bima Yojna", the survey said.

The survey also found out that 3/4ths of the respondents have rated the performance of Singh as 'good' or 'very good' more so in North and South zones.

PTI

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Updated Date: Nov 05, 2013 22:23:33 IST