With less than five months left for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Republic TV in association with CVoter has released the December edition of the National Approval Ratings. With the results of assembly elections 2018 announced on December 11, Congress' win came as a major setback for the BJP-led NDA in the heartland state of Chhattisgarh, and the approval ratings reveal a snapshot of what the mood on the ground is, ultimately answering the question, who would win if elections were held in the state today.
As per the latest projections, the BJP, which got 10 seats in 2014, is predicted to go down by 5 seats to settle at a 5 seat number.
The Congress-led UPA, on the other hand, is slated to make a rise from its 2014 win(1 seat) taking on 6 seats out of 11 seats. Ajit Jogi, meanwhile, is predicted to get 0 seats in 2019.
In the November edition of National Approval Ratings in Chhattisgarh which took place before the assembly elections, NDA was predicted to gain 10 seats, while Congress-led UPA managed to get only 1 seat out of the total 11 Lok Sabha seats. However, vote share projections predicted a different story. NDA was predicted to get 46.8% while UPA was projected to get 37.4 vote share in the polls.
In October's edition, BJP was predicted to get 9 out of 11 seats, while Congress-led UPA settled at 2 seats. Similarly, vote share projections slated 48.2% votes to NDA and 39.1% to UPA in the state.
2018 has been a blockbuster year so far as far as the political landscape of India is concerned. With the countdown to the all-important 2019 Lok Sabha polls on, and with the results out for the critical assembly elections in five states, December may just be the most important month in terms of deciding who will come up trumps in the general elections.