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Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - MYINDIAMYVOTE -

Congress leads over BJP in Ra­jasthan among ru­ral vot­ers and farm­ers, while BJP is com­fort­ably ahead in Ch­hat­tis­garh, ac­cord­ing to a pre-poll sur­vey by Delhi-based Cen­tre for the Study of De­vel­op­ing So­ci­eties (CSDS) —Lokniti Over­all sup­port lev­els for Congress and BJP in keeping with the pop­u­lar­ity of their po­ten­tial chief min­is­te­rial can­di­dates In Ch­hat­tis­garh, chief min­is­ter Ra­man Singh’s pop­u­lar­ity ap­pears to have surged ahead of sec­ond placed Ajit Jogi, who has floated his own party and is fight­ing in al­liance with the BSP, and se­nior Congress leader Bhu­pesh Baghel.

Forty per­cent of the re­spon­dents in Ra­jasthan wanted to see ei­ther Ashok Gehlot or Sachin Pi­lot of the Congress as the next chief min­is­ter, which is eight per­cent­age points more than the fig­ure for Va­sund­hara Raje, the cur­rent BJP CM

In­abil­ity to de­velop or re­tain in­flu­en­tial re­gional-level lead­ers with strong sup­port bases one of the main rea­sons be­hind Congress’ po­lit­i­cal de­cline

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