ABP News Opinion Poll: Saffron Storm To Blow Congress In Haryana Elections; ML Khattar Most Favourite CM

Manohar Lal Khattar has already carried out a whirlwind tour of the state ahead of the announcement of poll dates, the Congress is just busy in setting its house in order and boosting the morale of its cadre.

Haryana Assembly Elections: BJP To Defeat Congress; ML Khattar To Retain CM Post
As many as 46 per cent people said they would vote for the BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections. (File Photo/ Getty)
By: ABP News Bureau
Updated: 24 Sep 2019 06:09 PM
Haryana Assembly Elections: As Haryana is all set to go for Assembly polls within a month, ABP News along with C-Voter conducted a survey to check the mood of the people in the state which is currently ruled by the Manohar Lal Khattar-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). In the opinion poll, it was learnt that BJP-led incumbent state government remains to be the top preference for the voters and if we go by the survey CM Khattar is most likely to return to power in the state. As many as 46 per cent people said they would vote for the BJP in the upcoming Assembly elections, whereas 22 per cent preferred Congress over the saffron party.

According to the survey, BJP is most likely to increase its seats share from 47 to a whopping 78 seats where as trouble mounts for the Congress as ABP New Opinion Poll shows a dip in its seat share from 15 to 9 seats. The Haryana Legislative Assembly has 90 seats in total. ML Khattar remains to be most preferred chief ministerial candidate with as many as 48 per cent people want him to retain the CM office. 13 per cent people want Bhupinder Singh Hoods from Congress to become the CM of Haryana.

Earlier in the day the Election Commission announced dates for the 2019 Assembly Elections in Haryana. Post the announcement, politics in BJP-ruled Haryana has heated up as the EC blew the poll bugle. The state will go to the polls in a single phase for its 90 Assembly seats on October 21. The results will be declared on October 24. Several experts believe that the ruling BJP this time has an edge over its seemingly divided main rival, the Congress, which ruled the state for a decade till 2014 before losing in the last Assembly polls. According to the election officials, everything is in place for the smooth conduct of polling in 19,442 booths across the state.

A total of 1.82 crore electorates, including 84 lakh women and 239 transgenders, will decide the fate of the candidates. Reports suggest that the contest between the BJP and the Congress is more or less one sided as the former won all the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana earlier this year, a first in the state's electoral history.

The Congress is still dithering over its chief ministerial candidate. The main contenders are newly-appointed Leader of Opposition and two-time Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and state Congress President and former Union Minister Kumari Shelja, who is known in political circles for her proximity to the party's organisational leadership. The BJP is also far ahead of its arch-rival as far as campaigning at the grassroots level is concerned.

While first-time Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has already carried out a whirlwind tour of the state ahead of the announcement of poll dates, the Congress is just busy in setting its house in order and boosting the morale of its cadre. It is literally a do-or-die battle for Bhupinder Hooda, who faced humiliating defeat in the last Lok Sabha elections along with his son Deepender Hooda. The Hoodas are struggling for their political survival.

"This time, Bhupinder Singh Hooda is fighting on two fronts -- one is to re-establish himself and the second is to ensure the party's return as he forced the high command to announce him as the Congress Legislative Party leader and chairman of election management just ahead of the polls despite all odds," a political expert told news agency IANS.

Bhupinder Hooda is facing cases filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for granting approval to a land deal of Rahul Gandhi's brother-in-law Robert Vadra in the fag-end of his second stint as the Chief Minister. In the 2014 Assembly elections, the BJP had won 47 seats, the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) 19, the Congress 15 while others managed nine.

In recent times, a number of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislators have jumped ship to the saffron party. The only saving grace for the Congress was INLD's tall leader Ashok Arora and Independent legislator Jai Prakash joining the party on September 19.

The Congress is yet to hold a major public meeting in the state with its central leadership, while the saffron party has already lined up its entire top leadership for campaigning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has held three public meetings in Haryana so far. So did Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the party's working President J.P. Nadda.

The BJP has already announced that incumbent Khattar will be the party's chief ministerial candidate. However, there is too much confusion within the Congress over who will lead the party in the elections. He said the party is divided into three camps -- one led by Hooda and the others by Kumari Shelja and Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala.

In the 2014 Assembly polls, the BJP improved its 2009 tally of four to 47, followed by the INLD with 19 legislators and the Congress coming third with 15 seats. Two seats went to the Haryana Janhit Congress (HJC), and one each to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Five independent candidates were also elected.