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Congress Will Emerge As Single Largest Party In Karnataka, Predicts ABP News-CSDS Poll

Siddaramaiah wins CM popularity stakes

New Delhi: In more signs of the Congress gaining ground ahead of May 12 Karnataka assembly elections, the ABP News-CSDS opinion poll has predicted the Rahul Gandhi-led outfit emerging as the single largest party. It was the same poll that a fortnight ago had predicted a hung house with the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Congress.

Highlights: 

1. In good news for Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and incumbent CM Siddaramaiah, the Congress remained the pick of the farmers with 40 per cent of the respondents saying they would vote for the Siddaramaiah-led Congress while 31 per cent opted for BJP. This despite the BJP manifesto promising to waive off farm loans.

2. In more good news for the grand old party, Siddaramaiah was the top choice for the chief ministerial post with 33 per cent of the respondent favouring the Karnataka Congress face. BJP’s CM candidate BS Yeddyurappa was second choice with an approval rate of 27 per cent. Deve Gowda’s son and JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy received the support of 22 per cent of the people.

3. The Congress will get 38 per cent of votes, the BJP 33 per cent and the JD (S), which has entered into a pre-poll alliance with the BSP, may get 22 per cent vote share, ABP said.

4. The latest ABP News-CSDS opinion poll has claimed that JD(S)-BSP combine will play the kingmaker’s role in the upcoming Assembly election. Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda’s Janata Dal (Secular) may emerge as the kingmaker with 37 seats, ABP said. 

5. The survey also showed the Congress winning 97 seats in a House of 225, while the BJP, led by BS Yeddyurappa, is projected to win 84 seats, ABP reported. 

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