With the 2019 Lok Sabha elections looming ever larger, the political scenario in the country is currently in a state of flux, with parties desperately figuring out seat-sharing terms, snubbing or accepting each other with respect to alliances, or fielding their big names in various states. Republic TV and CVoter are back with the National Approval Ratings to give a complete national picture as to who will win if polls are held today.
The National Approval rating projects that YSRCP will grab 19 seats, while the TDP is projected to get 6 seats.
The National Approval rating projects that the NDA will gather 40.1% vote share whereas UPA will lag behind with 40.1% seat in the island state of Andaman and Nicobar.
In December edition, the 25-seat state of Andhra Pradesh was predicted to give the highest seat-share to Jaganmohan Reddy's YSRCP with the Chandrababu Naidu-led TDP and Rahul Gandhi-led INC alliance coming a close second.
In the November projections, the Naidu's TDP was significantly reduced to 5 seats while Jagan Reddy's YSRCP emerged as the single largest party while predicted to secure 20 seats in the state. BJP and INC(which was not in alliance with TDP until November) were projected to secure no seats.
In October edition, the YSRCP was projected to win 21, which has fallen to 14 in December, while TDP had received 4 seats which have now increased to 8, in alliance with Congress which had lost the state majoritarily comparing to December where it is predicted to secure 3 seats.
In 2014, NDA in alliance with BJP had won 17 seats, with 15 of those were secured by TDP and 2 by BJP. But since then, the alliance between the two has ended, with TDP slated to fight 2019 polls in alliance with Congress and BJP to contest on its own.
The election year 2019 started off with India’s opposition appearing largely unwilling to acquiesce to Rahul Gandhi's proposal of the Congress serving as a platform for regional parties to come together in order to defeat the BJP. Despite the Congress successes in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, in Uttar Pradesh, the much-heralded Mahagathbandhan turned out to just be a 'Gathbandhan' as old enemies Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati left the Congress out, forming an SP-BSP alliance. Left on its own, the Congress resolved to contest every one of the state's 80 seats and proceeded to formally induct Priyanka Gandhi Vadra into the party, appointing her and Jyotiraditya Scindia as General Secretaries for Uttar Pradesh. Elsewhere, former Gujarat CM Shankarsinh Vaghela is to join the NCP, while the Congress alliance with the TDP in Andhra Pradesh is also in doubt. Meanwhile, the BJP and Shiv Sena may have witnessed a thaw in their relationship with the Maharashtra government sanctioning Rs 100 crore for a Balasaheb Thackeray memorial.
On issues concerning large numbers of people, the government passed a constitutional amendment giving a green signal to provide 10 percent reservation in jobs and educational institutions to economically weaker sections in the general category, while numerous agrarian schemes that needn't necessarily be farm-loan waivers have also been spoken of in the lead-up to the Modi government's final budget.