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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Varanasi: Favourability rating of PM Narendra Modi jumped enormously after he brought BJP to power last year, according to a latest Pew survey released on Thursday.

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With his policies and governance, Modi not only increased India’s respect in the country, his favourability ratings shot up to 87 %. He is being supported even from traditional Congress base; Pew revealed as it released the survey details that it conducted among 2,452 respondents in India from April 6 to May 19, 2015.

“But distrust remains, perhaps in parts because incidents of communal violence were up by nearly a quarter in the first five months of 2015, under BJP rule, compared with a comparable period in 2014 when a Congress-led government was in power,” revealed the survey.

Modi’s lowest approval on domestic issues comes in his management of communal relations, the day-to-day interaction between majority Hindus and minority Muslims, Jains, Sikhs and Christians among others, as well as the relationship between the various castes in the country.

However, “the Modi phenomenon transcends India’s traditionally partisan politics,” Pew said in a statement, adding that on most of the challenges facing the nation, the Prime Minister and his party enjoyed support from both the BJP loyalists and followers of the Congress.

Moreover, Modi and the BJP now have greater support than Congress in rural areas and traditionally it was a Congress stronghold, according to the survey.

Roughly six in ten or more self-identified Congress supporters approve of Modi’s handling of a range of issues: access to clean toilets (66 %), unemployment (62 %), helping the poor (61 %) and inflation (61 %).

Majority of Congress backers approve of the prime minister’s efforts against terrorism (56 %) and corruption (56 %), the survey said.

“Communal relations are the only surveyed issue on which fewer than half of Congress followers (47 %) approve of Modi’s efforts,” the Pew report said.

Modi also succeeded in winning over rural Indians, both for his party and himself, Pew said.

The party’s favourability now exceeds that of Congress in urban areas by 31 points (83 % for BJP, 52 % for Congress) and in rural India by 25 points (89 % for BJP, 64 % for Congress).

“Modi is more popular than presumptive Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi in both rural areas by 23 points (Modi 89 %, Rahul 66 %) and in cities by 31 points (Modi 84 %, Rahul 53 %),” Pew said. 

(With inputs from DNA)

 

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Karnataka Polls: BJP On The Way to Win, Congress May Get Hard Defeat

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

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A state of 60 million people, Karnataka is home to the Information Technology hub of Benguluru and was ruled by the BJP once before.
Congress may have to taste defeat in Karnataka, VOA

The BJP was on Tuesday set to return to power in its southern bastion Karnataka as its candidates crossed the half-way mark in vote count, stunning and ousting the ruling Congress and leaving the JD-S at the third spot.

Noisy celebrations broke out in party offices in Bengaluru, New Delhi and across Karnataka as Bharatiya Janata Party nominees were on the victory lap in 118 of the 222 constituencies which voted on Saturday.

This was a dramatic jump from the 40 seats the BJP won five years ago.

The Congress, desperate to retain power in the state amid shrinking appeal nationally, suffered major blows and was ahead only in 62 seats, with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah trailing in both the constituencies he contested: Badami and Chamundeshwari.

The Congress leader was way behind G.T Deve Gowda of the Janata Dal-Secular in Chamundeshwari, Election Commission officials said. And after leading initially, Siddaramaiah fell behind B.R. Sriramulu of the BJP in Badami.

In contrast, the BJP’s Chief Ministerial face B.S. Yeddyurappa was ahead of his Congress rival by more than 11,000 votes in Shikaripura.

Energy Minister and Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar said that the numbers indicated that his party was on the way out after five years in power.

Any party or grouping will need 113 of the total 224 seats to secure a majority in the Assembly. Polling did not take place in two constituencies on Saturday.

The BJP was overjoyed. “We are in a jubilant mood because we have crossed the half-way mark. We are confident of winning,” spokesman S. Shantharam told IANS.

BJP activists and leaders celebrated noisily in both Bengaluru and New Delhi, waving party flags and shouting slogans hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi, their main vote-getter, and party President Amit Shah.

There were also celebrations outside the residence of Yeddyurappa, who has been Chief Minister earlier too.

Of the 2,654 candidates in the fray for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, at least 883 are crorepatis and 645 have criminal cases against them, said two watchdogs after analysing their affidavits filed with the Election Commission (EC).
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The Janata Dal-Secular of former Prime Minister H.D. Dewe Gowda, which has been expected to play the role of a kingmaker in the event of a hung Assembly, was leading in 40 seats — the same number it won five years ago.

As the vote count progressed, BJP leaders became assertive, saying they were confident of taking power again in Karnataka while Congress leaders began to speak about the possibility of an alliance with the JD-S.

BJP leader and Union Minister Sadanand Gowda said that there was no question of any alliance.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar, who is in charge of Karnataka, met BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

Analysts said the BJP was leading in Lingayat dominated seats and the JD-S in Vokkaliga dominated areas.

Expectations of a BJP victory in Karnataka lifted the key Indian equity indices during the mid-morning trade session on Tuesday.

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According to market observers, broadly subdued Asian indices and disappointing macro-economic inflation data points released on Monday capped some gains.

Sector-wise, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, capital goods, metals, consumer durables and automobile stocks.

The Sensex has so far touched a high of 35,993.53 points and a low of 35,498.83 points during the intra-day trade. (IANS)