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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary



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UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would … Continue reading UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

Category: Uttar Pradesh

According to India Today-Axis survey, the BJP would win around 180-191 seats in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The poll also predicts a good number of seats for newly formed SP-congress alliance, giving them 168-178 seats, slightly behind the BJP. The poll also predicts a dismal performance by Bahujan Samaj Party which according to it would bag only 39-43 seats.

Interestingly according to the polls, there is only a slight difference between the vote share of the BJP and SP-congress alliance. BJP gets 34.8 percent of votes while the congress gets 33.2 percent of the total votes polled according to the survey.BSP would get 20.1 percent votes the survey says.

UP Election 2017 Opinion Poll Summary

Media Agencies Dates BJP SP+Cong BSP Others
India Today-Axis Jan 31, 2017 180-191 168-178 39-43 1–4
Times Now-VMR Jan 31, 2017 202 147 47 7
ABP News-Lokniti Jan 30, 2017 118-128 187-197 76-86
VDPAssociates Jan 29, 2017 207 128 58
THE WEEK-Hansa Research Jan 27th, 2017 192-196 178-182 20-24 5-9

RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav today said he and leaders of other socialist-leaning parties have come to Uttar Pradesh to strengthen Samajwadi Party and “chase away” BJP from here like they did in Bihar.

“We are here to strengthen SP. We have chased away BJP in Bihar. Just like ‘geedad’ (jackal) is chased away we will chase away BJP from UP too,” Lalu said before leaving SP’s silver jubilee celebrations.

Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, when asked about the possibility of a coalition, said, “We are not in field here. A situation might arise after UP, Gujarat and Punjab polls. We are here to attend silver jubilee celebrations on the invitation of SP.”

JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav said they have come to attend the SP function as they have “old relations” with SP.

“There are no talks of coalition now. Mulayam Singh Yadav can tell better. SP is the bigger party here. Talking much on this will not be appropriate at this time,” he said.

Former BSP general secretary Swami Prasad Maurya’s entry into the BJP on Monday comes as an apparent boost to the saffron group’s attempts to reach out to backward castes, which form nearly half of Uttar Pradesh’s population and are capable of swaying the result of coming assembly elections.

More specifically, Maurya who enjoys support in his own Maurya-Kushwaha caste, also known by Shakya and Saini surnames in west UP, will not only solidify the party’s hold on the caste group, but also strengthen the BJP’s presence among the non-Yadav backward castes, whom BJP is trying hard to take into its fold.

Kushwaha-Maurya is one of the largest backward caste in UP, the other being Yadav, Kurmi and Lodh. As Yadavs are seen as dedicated Samajwadi Party supporters, the BJP is also trying to woo Kurmis, the latest apparent attempt is induction of Apna Dal MP Anupriya Patel as a union minister of state. The party already has a large number of leaders including former chief minister Kalyan Singh and Union Minister Uma Bharti from Lodh caste.

A Lucknow court has issued a non-bailable warrant against suspended Bharatiya Janata Party leader Dayashankar Singh. Singh was suspended last week for six years, after he made derogatory remarks about Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. BSP members had then filed a case against Singh, who has been missing since the incident last week.

Singh’s wife Swati had alleged that BSP members were harassing her and her 12-year-old daughter after the incident. She also filed an FIR against the BSP chief for “mental trauma”. On Sunday, BSP cadre called off protests that had begun after Singh said Mayawati was “worse than a prostitute”, with regard to her allegedly selling party tickets ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections.

Likening Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with ‘Rahu’ and ‘Ketu’, BJP president Amit Shah on Saturday said the two parties could not usher in development in Uttar Pradesh.

“SP and BSP are like ‘Rahu’ and ‘Ketu’ which are eclipsing the development of the state. Uttar Pradesh’s development is not possible in their regimes,” he told a rally jointly organised by his party and Bharatiya Samaj Party, claiming that development of the state would only be possible under a BJP rule.

“The development ‘rath’ (chariot), which has started its journey in the country, gets stuck in Uttar Pradesh. The reason being the government here does not want benefits of development to reach the people,” he said.
Referring to Bharatiya Samaj Party chief Om Prakash Rajbhar on the dais, Shah said even when he was not within the NDA fold during the 2014 general elections, BJP and its allies had managed to win 73 out of 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh.

“Now, he is with us, so Mulayamji, what is on the cards,” he asked in a veiled challenge to SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Highlighting various programmes launched by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, includung Jan Dhan and Mudra Bank schemes, Shah pointed at the dearth of job opportunities in Uttar Pradesh.

“Whether you go to Gujarat or Maharashtra, you see a number of youths from Poorvanchal (eastern India) working there. They are forced to leave their families behind and go to other states. The country has prospered but not Uttar Pradesh,” he said, adding, “whatever is sent to Uttar Pradesh, will not reach you”.

Alleging that jobs were distributed on the basis of caste in the state, the BJP chief said, “We do not discriminate on the basis of caste and religion. Our motto is ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’.”

Shah praised BSP founder Kanshi Ram as “a man with a clear heart”.

“But after him, Mayawati has turned BSP into a money-minting machine. If you want development, you have to dislodge SP and BSP who have taken turns to rule the state for 20 years,” he said.

Taking a jibe at SP, Shah said “three-and-a-half” chief ministers were currently ruling the state.

“The first Chief Minister is Akhilesh (Yadav), then Netaji (Mulayam), his (Akhilesh’s) two uncles and then Mohammad Azam Khan,” he said and termed SP’s recent merger with Quami Ekta Dal and the subsequent announcement to call it off a “drama”.
“First an uncle (Akhilesh’s uncle and state minister Shivpal Yadav) announced the merger with Mukhtar and Afzal. Later, Akhilesh said he was against it. If you expel elements like Mukhtar, a day will come when SP will become non-existent,” he claimed.

Shah said there were great opportunities for development in Uttar Pradesh. “If you strengthen the arms of Modiji, I promise that within five years, we will lead the state to the number one position in terms of development,” he said.

New Delhi, Jun 22 (PTI) Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan today accused BSP supremo Mayawati of making ticket distribution a “business” ahead of elections and said she was “never enamoured of Dalits but only with money”.

His comments came after senior BSP leader Swami Prasad Maurya accused Mayawati of “auctioning” tickets for next year Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and quit the party saying he felt “suffocated”.

“The cost of the ticket rises close to elections.

Mayawati was never enamoured of Dalits but only with money.

She has always made this (ticket distribution) a business,” Paswan told reporters.

He charged that this has been her “business to give tickets to those (candidates) who pay more money”.

Paswan is a prominent Dalit leader and Union minister in the NDA government.

Maurya, who was the Leader of the Opposition in the UP state Assembly, left BSP amid speculation that he might join the ruling Samajwadi Party and could be made a minister when Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav expands his Cabinet on June 27.

Earlier in a press conference, Maurya said, “Tickets are being openly auctioned by Mayawati on a large scale. She is not making the right choice of candidates. Tickets are not only on sale in the party, they are being auctioned.

Keeping in view the dismal picture about its future created by the Bihar elections, the BJP is now thinking hard on the issue of projecting a clear face of a chief ministerial candidate for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

The BJP is bent on winning the UP assembly elections, as it knows that losing this state after the pounding it received in Delhi and Bihar could signal a complete loss of faith towards the BJP among the voters. UP being the electoral state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who contested and won from Varanasi, a loss of this state will be a blow that the BJP cannot afford at this time.

While the BSP, SP and Congress have already projected names of their possible chief ministerial candidates, the BJP is yet to take a decision, although the focus at present is concentrated on fielding Varun Gandhi against Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi.

Behind this idea is the thought that like almost all states, young generation forms the majority of the vote-bank in Uttar Pradesh and it was this young generation that elected Akhilesh Yadav with an overwhelming majority in the state. But, with the current law and order situation in UP, the youth has become disillusioned with Akhilesh and at this point, a dynamic and fire-brand young leader like Varun Gandhi could be a viable alternative.

However, this idea is still in its nascent stage and till now, there are been no official discussion in this direction, with senior party leaders believing that the time for projecting a chief ministerial candidate has not yet arrived.

Talking to India Today in this context, Agra Congress secretary Mohd. Sharif said that the people of Uttar Pradesh are fed up with Akhilesh Yadav and his governance which is revolving around the Yadav community. All key posts in districts and division headquarters are given to Yadavs and the family has distributed all major ministerial portfolios between themselves.

Similarly, the BJP has deceived the people of the country through Narendra Modi who promised “Acche Din” but instead brought India down on its knees through an economic and industrial crisis. The businessmen are worried about their future under Narendra Modi and the only shining light in this dark tunnel in Rahul Gandhi, who is the first preference of the young generation of UP, due to his anti-communalism and anti-casteism stand.
He said that Varun Gandhi is known as a very communal-minded politician and if the BJP projects Varun as its next CM in UP, then it will surely lose these elections.


The Uttar Pradesh government announced the setting up of an innovation fund worth Rs 50 crore, a state food commission as well as a bio-energy development board. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who chaired the first meeting of the cabinet after its expansion on October 31, announced a slew of measures aimed at building a sound infrastructure in the state.

In order to promote innovation, the government has decided to set up a State Innovation Fund for which initial fiscal arrangement of Rs 50 crore has been made in the current financial year, an official spokesman said. Under the development agenda of 2015-16, it has been decided to also include the unorganised sector in it and reorganise the State Innovation Council, he said.

An Innovation Cell would be set up to assist in operation of the Council and the Fund. The cabinet also decided to set up a state bio-energy board for timely implementation of projects and programmes. The government has exempted biomass/biogas operated engine and generating sets and their parts, besides brush being used for paint or varnish from Value Added Tax, the spokesman said.

The cabinet has decided to bring a bill in the next assembly session to unify 30 acts related to revenue department. The spokesman said that at present 39 acts were effective in the department, of which many were very old or overlapped each other, due to which number of fresh and pending cases was increasing. In such a situation it has become pertinent to unify all the acts and implement a unified statute so that disparity could be removed, he said.

The cabinet also decided to implement provisions of National Food Security Act simultaneously in the state for which fund would be arranged in the budget of financial year 2016-17. The spokesman said that nearly 75 per cent population of the state was to be covered under the Act, which include 79.56 per cent rural and 64.43 per cent urban populace.

The cabinet also approved a proposal to set up a State Food Commission that would hear appeals against orders passed by district grievance redressal officer, he said. The state cabinet decided to relax norms for construction of non-residential buildings in Jaswantnagar tehsil in Etawah, which is being developed as a model tehsil.

It has decided to revise the registration fee table and hike it to a maximum of Rs 20,000. The spokesman said that registration fee of Rs 10,000 being charged currently was six years old. It also approved a proposal for repayment/re-revision of loan taken from Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO) on government guarantee for Lohia Awas Yojna and other schemes, the spokesman said.

The Uttar Pradesh cabinet has also decided to hike ex-gratia to employees being deployed during panchayat polls. As per the proposal, in case of untimely death during training or counting, an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh would be given, whereas Rs 20 lakh would be given in case of terror attack, murder by anti-social elements, road mines, bomb blast while on duty, he said.

In case of permanent disability due to these reasons, an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh would be given, whereas in case of disability due to any other reason the ex-gratia would be Rs 7 lakh, he said. Finally, the cabinet also agreed to demolish unused district jails in Pilibhit and Orai areas.

Lucknow: A family from Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh district has now claimed that Geeta, who returned from Pakistan after being separated from her parents over a decade ago, is their daughter.

Yesterday, the hearing and speech impaired woman had failed to recognise the family from Bihar that claimed that she was their lost daughter.

Ramraj Gautam and his wife Anara Devi, residents of Maheshganj, met Divisional Commissioner of Allahabad, Rajan Shukla last night and said they were ready for “all probes and necessary tests to get their daughter back”.

Now in her early 20s, Geeta was about 11 years old when she inadvertently crossed into Pakistan in 2003. She was spotted by the Pakistan Rangers in Lahore, and was handed over to the Edhi Foundation, a social welfare organisation that looked after her for over 10 years.

Geeta returned to India on Monday and was received by high ranking Indian and Pakistani officials at the Delhi airport.

The development came after Geeta refused to identify Bihar couple, Mahatos as her family. The couple had claimed Geeta was their lost daughter.

Neighbours of the Gautam family said that the news of the Mahatos claiming Geeta as their daughter had Ramraj Gautam and Anara Devi very “anxious and restless”.

Mr Shukla has directed the Allahabad District Magistrate, Amrit Tripathi to get a DNA test done on the couple.

Meanwhile, the Gautam family has left for New Delhi to meet Geeta. The couple said that Geeta is their daughter Savita, who got separated from them in Chapra, Bihar some 11 years back.

The family has also shown officials many old family photographs where they said Geeta can be seen as a small girl.

As the Durga Puja celebrations commenced on Thursday, One person died and over two dozen sustained injuries in clashes during a procession for Dugra idol immersion in Uttar Pradesh.

Incidents of violence was reported from Kannuaj, Bulandshahar, Rae Bareli and Allahabad.

A group of people from a particular community started pelting stones at a procession in Kannauj and later opened fire following a full-fledged clash. Mahesh Kushwaha sustained injuries and died on the way to hospital. Apurva Gupta, another youth sustained critical injuries. Six more people have also sustained injuries and admitted to a hospital in Kannuaj.
Clashes also erupted in Bulandshahar, where over a dozen people who were part of a procession sustained injuries. Krishna Veer, a police constable was also left injured in the violence.

Similar clashes broke out in Allahabad and Rae Bareli, leaving five people injured.

It was only two days ago that Alok Ranjan, Chief Secretary of UP had held a meeting with the district officers and said that they would be held responsible for any violence during Durga idol immersion in their areas.

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