PM Narendra Modi with BJP chief Amit Shah and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. (File photo: PTI)
With 2019 Lok Sabha elections looming over the nation, News Nation has conducted an Opinion Poll to gauge the voting intention in Gujarat. The opinion poll predicts that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is once again likely to make a big impact in the general elections in Gujarat, the party's bastion, by grabbing 21 parliamentary seats. According to the News Nation opinion poll, the Congress party may manage to open its account in the state by winning 5 seats.
As far as vote share is concerned, the opinion poll predicts that the BJP, also the ruling party in the state, will get 50 per cent votes while the Congress will get 41 per cent votes.
In 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, the BJP for the first time won all the 26 seats in Gujarat. The projection of state's former chief minister Narendra Modi as the NDA's prime ministerial candidate helped the BJP to create an intense wave in Gujarat. It received 1,52,49,243 votes with a whopping vote share of 60.11 per cent, while the Congress was able to garner 84,86,083 votes in the state with a vote share of 33.45 per cent.
However, the Congress party gave a tough competition to the BJP during the 2017 Assembly Elections in Gujarat. The BJP was able to win 99 seats in the 182-member strong Assembly. This was for the first time that the party failed to touch the 100-seat mark in the Assembly.
The saffron party received 1,47,24,031 votes with a vote share of 49.05 per cent. The Congress along with the Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) and the support of Hardik Patel, Alpesh Thakor and Jignesh Mevani won 80 seats in the state. The Congress alone was successful on 77 constituencies and received 1,24,37,661 votes with a vote share of 41.44 per cent.
Gujarat will go for polls in the third phase on April 23. Polling in all 26 Lok Sabha seats will be held in a single phase.