The 2019 Lok Sabha Elections are high upon us. In just a few days, India will begin the largest exercise in democratic franchise anywhere in the world, and one with high stakes at that, as over 900 million citizens get set to vote in their preferred candidate and party to 543 Parliamentary seats. With the poll clouds having well-and-truly spread across the Indian sub-continent, Republic TV and CVoter have presented the National Approval Ratings i.e the biggest opinion poll ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
After the BJPs former alliance partner Upendra Kushwaha of the Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) joined the Mahagathbandhan in the politically fluid and electorally significant state, here's the projected breakdown of seat share and vote share for Bihar:
March: The survey reflected that out of 40 seats, the NDA alliance which has the BJP, the LJP and the JDU was expected to win 36 seats. While the UPA was likely to get only 4 seats. In terms of vote share, NDA was likely to receive 49.4% whereas the UPA was projected to 37.1%, and others were likely to receive 13.6%.
January: The NDA, that is the BJP, the LJP and the JDU, was projected to get a vote share of 45.1% with a seat share of 35 seats. On the other hand, things are not looking good for the UPA as they were projected to manage only 5 seats out of the 40 seats up for grab with the vote share of 37.5%..
December: Since the December edition, things have not majorly changed. That means it is a stable ride for BJP- LJP and the JD(U) alliance despite the exit of RLSP.
November: The NDA was projected to make further strides as compared to 2014 when it won 31 seats, gaining 3 more for a seat share of 34. The 2014 NDA comprised the BJP, LJP and RSLP, whereas now it has also added Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to its fold. The UPA, comprising Congress, Lalu Prasad's RJD and the NCP, had won 7 seats in 2014 (Cong - 2, RJD - 4, NCP - 1), but was projected to win 6 at the juncture (Congress - 1, RJD - 5).
(The results of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections may or may not reflect the results or scenarios of the elections, nevertheless, to establish where we stand at present, Republic TV and CVoter has presented the National Approval Ratings.)