With the dates for the all-important Lok Sabha polls now announced, 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.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the UPA is projected to split the two seats on offer with the NDA, with each coalition winning one seat each. The single seat would mark a significant win for the Congress as it is projected to come from a smaller vote-share - 37.6% in comparison to NDA's 45.4%.
The Congress will also be emboldened to learn that it has grabbed the seat from the NDA in just the last two months, as in the January National Approval Ratings, the NDA was projected to win both.
Each of the national parties holds one seat in the Lok Sabha at the moment, won in the 2014 general elections.
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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.
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