Nitish Kumar Will Remain Bihar Chief Minister: CNN-IBN Poll
The reign of JD(U) chief and current Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will continue according to the CNN-IBN Axis-My India pre-poll survey.
The survey suggests that the Mahagathbandhan alliance of the JD(U)-RJD and Congress is in a position to easily win a majority in the 243-seat Bihar Assembly. The survey also notes that the BJP’s National Democratic Alliance, after a wide seat gap, will hold the maximum number of seats.
The Axis-My India survey, the largest pre-poll exercise of its kind, has projected that the Mahagathbandhan alliance may get 129-145 seats out of 243 and hence will be in a position to form a government.
The NDA alliance which consists of the BJP along with Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party, the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party and Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) will be able to bag only 87-103 seats.
The Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Nationalist Congress Party, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) which fall under the Others category will, in all likelihood, be routed and may collectively win only 8-14 seats.
The survey also answers a few other questions, which were tweeted out by CNN-IBN during the broadcast.
Nitish Kumar wins the popularity vote by a huge margin according to the pre-poll survey.
On whether the alliance with RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav will benefit Nitish Kumar, who has held the post of Bihar’s Chief Minister for the past two terms with the BJP’s support, respondents from Bihar had this to say.
The CNN-IBN Axis-My India pre-poll survey has predicted the following seat breakdown for the Mahagathbandhan alliance.
The seat breakdown for the NDA parties according to the CNN-IBN Axis-My India pre-poll survey is as under.
Other major media houses also carried out pre-poll surveys.