New Delhi: Chhattisgarh, ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party, seems to be backing it again in Lok Sabha elections. The BJP retained the state in the December Assembly elections by a narrow margin but just a month later according to Lokniti-IBN National Tracker poll, the party is expected to get 50 per cent of the votes in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
The Congress which gave a tough fight to it in the Assembly elections is projected to get 34 per cent of the votes. The BSP, AAP and others are likely to get 4 per cent, 3 per cent and 9 per cent votes respectively if the elections are held in January 2014.
Chief Minister Raman Singh is credited with BJP's third straight victory in the state and 70 per cent respondents give the credit to him. A mere 3 per cent responded that Narendra Modi should get the credit.
Unlike neighbouring Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, the support for Modi as PM is slightly lower in Chhattisgarh. Even though Modi widens lead over Rahul Gandhi, only 28 per cent back him for the PM.
Rahul Gandhi has got 13 per cent support among the respondents. Raman Singh has got 4 per cent backing for the post of PM. A record 39 per cent of the respondents have no say on their preferred choice of the PM.
Unlike most parts of India, satisfaction with the UPA government has risen in Chhattisgarh in the last 6 months. While 44 per cent respondents are happy with the UPA, it was 36 per cent in June 2013.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's positive ratings have also gone up in the state with 51 per cent respondents having answered that they are happy with his performance as the PM. It was 40 per cent in June 2013.
The anti-UPA mood has also weakened slightly in the state.
A total of 55 per cent of the respondents have replied that they have heard of AAP. Among them 26 per cent want the AAP to contest from their Lok Sabha seats. Among them, only 21 per cent want to vote for the AAP.
(There is no seat projection due to the small sample size)