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2017 UP Assembly elections: Opinion poll gives 170-183 seats to BJP; Mayawati top choice for CM's post
India's most populated state Uttar pradesh is all set to go for Assembly elections in next few months. A pre-poll survey conducted by India Today-Axis to gauge the mood of the voters has revealed many things including the fate of the political parties, the most favoured CM and the issues on the basis of which the UP's 'Janta' will cast their votes.

UP, which is famous for all sorts of politics, is finally considering development as its major issue. Unsurprisingly, the opinion poll suggests that the state will have a hung assembly this election. But, when it comes about the choice of CM, the name of Mayawati comes on top. She has been picked as the most favoured CM in the poll.

Here are10 major findings of the survey:

1. The findings of the opinion poll suggest that the ruling party at the Centre, BJP is likely to win 170-183 seats in the impending UP assembly polls out of total 403 seats.

2. BJP's major competitor would be Mayawati's BSP that might win 115-124 seats.

3. The ruling Samajwadi Party would end up winning around 94-103 seats in upcoming elections, if the survey turns out to be true.

4. But, when it comes to the Congress, it will hardly manage to win even 10 seats.

5. Mayawati was voted by 31 per cent of respondents for the CM post while 27 per cent respondents are happy with Akhilesh Yadav.

6. But then, the poll says, 18 per cent of the respondents want senior BJP leader and home minister Rajnath Singh as the CM of the state. Singh ruled the state earlier as CM from 2000-2002. BJP's other veteran leader Yogi Adityanath too received support of 14 per cent participants.

7. There seems to be hardly any scope for the Congress. While Priyanka Gandhi received just 2 per cent votes, Sheila Dikshit is choice of just one per cent respondents. Notably, Congress has not ruled the state for the last 27 years now.

8. The issues on the basis of which the voters will choose their CM this time will be nothing but the development. A massive 88 per cent respondents say development will be the key issue in the impending poll.

9. The controversial issues like Ram temple in Ayodhya or cow protection received just 3 and 1 per cent votes respectively in the survey.

10. 9 per cent of the participants said the performance of the Modi administration is the biggest BJP issue for them.

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