With the dates for the all-important Lok Sabha polls now announced to take place in seven phases, the various political parties and the citizens of India have complete clarity on exactly when the country will once again undertake the largest exercise in democracy anywhere in the world. To present a snapshot projection of where the various parties stand at the moment in different states, Republic TV and CVoter have published the National Approval Ratings which present a complete picture of what would happen if elections are held today.
Here's the projection for sole seat in the island state of Lakshadweep:
In the one-seat Lakshadweep, Congress looks set to take it away as BJP not even in the fray.
Comparison to 2014 Lok Sabha polls:
In 2014, NCP won the only seat with a vote share of 50.1 percent. But in the December edition of National Approval Ratings, they will lose their seat and their vote share will fall down to 33.5 percent. Congress is the direct beneficiary of this, as they not only take the seat, but also see their vote share at 65.1 percent.
The months preceding the latest National Approval Ratings have witnessed a number of massive developments that may have a big impact on the on-ground sentiment as the phase-wise voting approaches. A parallel CVoter survey has already indicated that citizens' satisfaction with the performance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on an upswing since the Feb 1 budget where a number of significant announcements were made - especially for farmers and for middle-class taxpayers. This satisfaction index the skyrocketed following India's air-strike against Pakistani terror bases across the LoC. Simultaneously, the satisfaction index of Congress president Rahul Gandhi has spiralled downward in the same time-frame.