Nitish, Naveen Patnaik are still popular

Both Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Odissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik are popular in their respective states and no other leader comes nearer to them with regard to popularity.

According to India Today’s Political Stock Exchange (PSE) survey, Nitish Kumar’s credibility remains largely intact despite going back to the BJP, even though his government doesn’t score on performance, A sizeable proportion of the state’s population feels corruption has gone down in the state after Nitish parted ways with the RJD.

As many as 56 per cent of respondents said shifting from the RJD-Congress alliance didn’t dent Nitish Kumar’s credibility, while 35 per cent believed it did. On the performance scale, 38 per cent of the respondents were satisfied while a 34 per cent showed dissatisfaction.

About 49 per cent agreed that the corruption has reduced after Nitish quit the RJD-Congress alliance while 40 per cent didn’t support this idea, according to the poll. Janata Dal (United) leader Nitish Kumar remained the top choice for the next chief minister with 46 per cent supporting him while 28 per cent backed RJD leader and Lalu Prasad’s son Tejashwi Yadav.

With just a few months to go before the Odisha Assembly polls, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik scored high on popularity with 59 per cent of the respondents wanting him to be the CM again. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stood a distant second with 21 per cent backing him.The poll showed 44 per cent of the respondents were satisfied with the performance of the state government while a mere 19 per cent showed dissatisfaction.

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