Narendra Modi continues to be nation’s top choice for the prime ministerial post, according to an opinion poll conducted by the News Nation.
As per the survey, a massive 48 per cent of the respondents said that they want Modi to continue as the prime minister while 29 per cent chose Rahul Gandhi as their choice for the coveted post.
The opinion poll, which comes three days before the first phase of polling for the high-voltage electoral battle, has predicted a clear majority for the BJP-led NDA, which is likely to win 278 of the 543 seats.
On the other hands, the Congress, despite putting up an excellent show in last year’s assembly polls when it won the three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, will win only 128 seats, according to the survey.
Narendra Modi had led the NDA to a sweeping victory in 2014 as it won 336 seats, reducing the incumbent Congress to its lowest total of 44 seats. The BJP had won 282 seats handing a crushing defeat to the 10-year-rule of the United Progressive Alliance led by Congress.
On Sunday, a pre-poll survey had said that three big decisions taken by the current dispensation – the airstrike carried out by the Indian Air Force, cash dole for poor farmers and 10 per cent quota for economically weaker section – have helped Prime Minister Narendra Modi regain his popularity levels among the masses, in fact more than 2014.