- Survey conducted before the release of TRS manifesto
- Prior to BJP launching aggressive campaign by involving national leaders
Hyderabad: GHMC Polls are just a week to go and all major parties are in a tense mood on which side voter is, the Prime Post is publishing the conclusions of an exclusive opinion poll to give an idea how the trend in the GHMC polls is and the reasons behind it.
To start with, there are 150 wards in GHMC and parties in the fray are TRS, BJP, AIMIM, TDP, Communist parties and the Congress. There are 1122 candidates in the fray and only party contesting in all the divisions is TRS. Main rival to the ruling party is BJP which contesting in 149 divisions while the Congress 146 ,TDP 106, AIMIM 51, CPI 17, CPM 12 and other recognised parties 76 and most importantly, there are 416 independents in the race who will decide the outcome in a few constituencies.
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In 2016 GHMC elections, the alliance of TDP-BJP was routed, and TRS ending with 99 seats. This time, BJP is fighting alone and TRS is aiming to hit a century. But the ground report shows entirely different picture with TRS losing seats and BJP picking them up, but not up to the mark of grabbing Mayor Seat.
Dilemma in voters
Peculiar replies were given by voters during survey in city including AIMIM bastion. Voter is still confused whether to go for national face of Modi and development or to support Telangana Government for the development and resolution to the local issues. The undecided voters are nearly 5% and the result may change according the choice they are going to make on Dec 1.
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Andhra Parties’ Impact
TDP (Though they claim to be a national party, it is essentially a party confined to Andhra Pradesh) and YCP are also playing crucial role in the result of GHMC elections in more than 24 wards. YCP which did not utter a word on GHMC elections, shows it is positive towards TRS even though the party’s supporters are tight lipped.TDP, which contested in 2016 in alliance with the BJP lost its base in Telangana, has still few vote banks in outskirts of city. The TDP cadre are in a mood to go for TRS rather than supporting BJP in many areas and the reason being the strong feeling that Modi had betrayed Andhra and not prepared to support CBN. The results will be with minimal margins across major divisions in new city and the cross voting of these parties will hamper the outcome for both BJP and TRS.
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Problems and Reasons to vote for a particular party
It is correct to say after opinion poll, that the ruling party, TRS, is facing anti-incumbency sentiment at the ground level for the first time after 2018 assembly polls. This appeared more aggressive after the recent unprecedented downpour in Hyderabad. The revolt by voters in many areas against TRS leaders who are campaigning was because of the difficulties faced by the people during the floods. The people want to give a chance for BJP, as they did in Andhra for YCP, to show their anger.
Water, drainage system, rehabilitation of the flood victims, bad roads are the crucial factors that were referred to by the people when pollsters approached them. Few raised traffic problems and problematic flyover works. All these are going to impact ruling party on Dec 1st.
Faith in KTR
Minister KTR has a good image among Hyderabad voters, and were influenced by his vigorous campaign during 2016 elections. It is because of his hard work and promises made in the manifesto that the people voted for TRS to give it a thumbing majority. But this time the scenario is going to be different. Even the young minister who has been doing roadshows attracting good crowds, the voting would be for a change as per the survey. The young voters are appearing to favour the BJP rather than the TRS, which shows that there is decline in the faith the people reposed in the minister who strained himself to improve the brand image of Hyderabad in the last five years.
Failure to implement the double bedroom house promise which got the ruling party votes 2016 will show its impact on the outcome of this election.
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TRS is slated to lose 30 to 35% of seats compared to 2016 results. The reasons vary from ward to ward which includes anti-incumbency, selection of candidates, corruption, lack of development in their wards from 2016. For the first time, we are going to see a jolt for MIM which has been a monarch in the old city. Their seats will be reduced considerably.
Who is having upper hand?
Certainly it is saffron party which would gain a lot in vote share and seats when compared to last elections. Voters have already decided to go for an alternative, and the only alternative they see is the BJP. The percentage of vote share is more than 4 times and we are going to see surprise swing in seats. There is not that much impact of its ally Jana Sena in these elections. Second reason people are opting is ‘TINA’ factor, with congress slipping its vote bank from pockets, making way for the BJP to increase seats. There may be a surprise in MIM bastion with BJP opening account after many years. The campaign of Central leaders such as Amit Shah, J.P.Nadda, UP CM Yogi Adityanath may boost cadre in coming days.
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Total seats trend will be like this with survey completed on Nov 22nd and 23 rd morning
Surprising promise in TRS manifesto
We have to see about the impact of road shows by KTR and TRS Manifesto which was announced Monday evening, particularly on waiver off water bill, free current to saloons by Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrasekhar Rao. But political analysts expressed surprise about the promises and policy decisions given by him which are related to State Government and not in perview of GHMC. This may amount to violation of code as per experts.
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BJP is expected to well in Medchal and Sanga Reddy districts while TRS would be leading in Ranga Reddy district with tough fight ensuing in a few divisions against the BJP, Hyderabad division favouring MIM. Out of 24 assembly constituencies pertaining to GHMC, there is clear majority for BJP in 9, TRS 7, MIM 6 and two neck-to-neck.