India Today’s Political Stock Exchange (PSE) suvey founds that Telangana’s caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is sure to return back with a much bigger mandata. It indicates that he is far ahead of any competition as the state prepares for early polls following his decision to dissolve the assembly prematurely.
On September 6, Rao set the ball rolling for a fresh mandate when he recommended the state legislature be dissolved, ninth months ahead of his government’s five-year term. The PSE, India’s first-ever weekly tracker of the country’s political pulse, found as many as 43 per cent of respondents voting in favour of the incumbent.
State Congress president Uttam Kumar Reddy figured at a distant second, securing 18 per cent of votes, while Telangana BJP leader, G Kishan Reddy, trailed at 15 per cent. KCR is president of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) that spearheaded the movement for a separate state carved out of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana came into being in 2014, with KCR sworn in as its first chief minister.
As many as 48 per cent of respondents expressed satisfaction with the KCR government, while 26 per cent rated it bad and 16 average. The India Today Axis-My-India poll was based on telephone interviews across every parliamentary constituency of the state, with a sample size of 7,110. For Telangana voters, sanitation remains a major issue followed by unemployment, agricultural problems and price rise.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is ahead of his rival contender Congress president Rahul Gandhi with regard to popularity in the state. Asked about their preferred choice for the next Prime Minister, around 44 per cent of the respondents voted for Narendra Modi and 39 per cent supported Rahul Gandhi.