West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is still popular in her state and no one is close to her to challenge her. She has emerged as a bitter critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the national level and making efforts to bring together all regional parties to defeat Modi at any cost in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
But, surprisingly, the people of her state want Modi to remain as Prime Minister for one more term. The India Today TV’s Political Stock Exchange (PSE) shows that 46 per cent of respondents feel that the Mamata Banerjee government was not right in stopping Amit Shah’s rath yatra in the state.
The TMC, which has been ruling the state for two consecutive terms, has 34 Lok Sabha seats of the total 42 while the BJP has just two. The PSE survey shows that the TMC tops the list when it comes to political violence, with 28 per cent of the respondents blaming the ruling party. The BJP bags the second spot with 14 per cent, only 1 per cent blame the Left Front and others at 17 per cent. A good 40 per cent ticked the “don’t know” box.
According to the poll, both the state and central governments scored on the performance meter since October 2018 when the last PSE was conducted. As many as 55 per cent gave thumbs up to the central government’s performance, a rise of four per cent in three months. Twenty-three per cent expressed dissatisfaction, down by two per cent.
Asked about the performance of the West Bengal government, 46 per cent of the respondents were satisfied, up by three per cent, while dissatisfaction level was down to 22 per cent from 30 per cent in October.
The poll revealed that 49 per cent respondents backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the top job of the country. In October, the PM got 46 per cent votes. On the choice of next prime minister, Mamata Banerjee bagged the second spot, ahead of Rahul Gandhi, with 25 per cent backing the West Bengal CM, witnessing a four per cent rise from last time. Rahul stock has fallen from 20 per cent to 15 per cent.
CM Banerjee’s stock has risen by one per cent since October, with 54 per cent supporting her as the next chief minister. West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh stood second at 14 per cent while BJP MP Babul Supriyo with 6 per cent votes came out third.