Political Stock Exchange: KC Rao soars in Telangana
Telangana's caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao is far ahead of any competition as the state prepares for early polls following his decision to dissolve the assembly prematurely, according to the findings of India Today's Political Stock Exchange (PSE).
On September 6, Rao set the ball rolling for a fresh mandate when he recommended the state legislature be dissolved, eight months ahead of his government's five-year term.
The PSE, India's first-ever weekly tracker of the country's political pulse, found as many as 43 per cent of respondents voting in favour of the incumbent.
State Congress president Uttam Kumar Reddy figured at a distant second, securing 18 per cent of votes, the PSE survey found. The Telangana BJP leader, G Kishan Reddy, trailed at 15 per cent.
Rao, popularly called KCR, heads the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) that spearheaded the movement for a separate state carved out of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana came into being in 2014, with KCR sworn in as its first chief minister.
Around 48 per cent of respondents expressed satisfaction with the KCR government while 26 per cent rated it bad and 16 average, according to the PSE findings.
The India Today Axis-My-India poll was based on telephone interviews across every parliamentary constituency of the state, with a sample size of 7,110.
For Telangana voters, sanitation remains a major issue followed by unemployment, agricultural problems and price rise, the PSE found.
Asked about their preferred choice for the next PM, around 44 per cent of the respondents voted for Narendra Modi. Thirty-nine per cent supported Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.
Before it was dissolved this month, the 119-seat Telangana assembly composed of 81 members from the TRS, 17 from the Congress, seven from the AIMIM and five from the BJP.
PostedOn: 14 Sep 2018
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