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.
With the elections a month away, Republic TV and CVoter have brought to you a snapshot of the mood of the nation and answer the question: What if the elections were held on this day.
From a closely contested fight between three parties in 2014, Punjab is braced for a Congress rout.
The survey for March shows that UPA is likely to win big in Punjab with the alliance likely to bag 12 seats, while the NDA is likely to get just one seat. AAP which had aspire to make inroads in the state for the Lok Sabha polls is not likely to find any footing as numbers project that it will get zero seats.
The margin between UPA and NDA seems to narrowly closed in the vote share since January
Comparison to 2014:
In 2014, NDA, UPA and AAP shared seats amongst each other in a mouthwatering contest. But the situation has changed drastically this time around. The BJP, in alliance with SAD, won six seats and was the biggest party in the state in 2014.
Congress had won three seats in the previous assembly elections, but this time around, a landslide win is projected.
The AAP had surprised everyone winning four seats.
Projections from January:
The UPA was projected to win 12 seats out of 13 leaving the NDA with one seat. AAP and others were likely to be left with zero seats. Vote share projections were - UPA will receive 44 % vote share, NDA will get 34.7 %, AAP will get 16.9% vote share. Others were likely to receive 4.4%.
Projections in December:
They were projected to win 12 out of the 13 seats. BJP will face the misery of failing to open their account, but their ally SAD will save the NDA embarrassment by as they were predicted to win one seat. The AAP, which made lots of noise in 2014 as well as 2017 state elections, projected to draw a blank.