SUR­GI­CAL SAF­FRON SURGE

India Today - - EXCLUSIVE -

CALL IT A MON­U­MEN­TAL MAN­DATE for change, or a wave of fierce an­ti­in­cum­bency against re­spec­tive state gov­ern­ments, but the In­dia To­day GroupAxis My In­dia opin­ion poll pre­dicts, in an ex­clu­sive pre-elec­tion sur­vey of 37,866 vot­ers, that if elec­tions were held to­day in the five states sched­uled to go to polls in 2017, the BJP would be the fron­trun­ner in four—Ut­tar Pradesh, Ut­tarak­hand, Ma­nipur and Goa—and the Congress would take Pun­jab. The saf­fron surge is partly a re­sult of the sur­gi­cal strikes in PoK by the In­dian army in re­sponse to the Uri at­tack. An over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of vot­ers polled (as high as 90 per cent in UP, 88 per cent in Pun­jab and 77 per cent in Ut­tarak­hand) say the strikes on ter­ror­ist camps by In­dia were a good thing. About 91 per cent in UP, 90 per cent in Ut­tarak­hand and 79 per cent in Pun­jab said that Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi has emerged stronger as a re­sult. Will the sur­gi­cal strikes help the BJP elec­torally? About 67 per cent polled in UP say yes, as do 76 per cent in Ut­tarak­hand.

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