Congress edges past BJP in Madhya Pradesh despite Chouhan’s popularity
Shivraj Singh Chouhan suffered losses due to his inability to stem rebellion and dissidence in the BJP after ticket distribution
New Delhi: Most opinion and exit polls projected a close fight in Madhya Pradesh and some gave the Congress a slight edge. But nearly all polls showed Shivraj Singh Chouhan as the most preferred chief ministerial candidate. In fact, an India Today-Axis My India survey showed Chouhan as the most popular Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief ministerial choice with 46% preferring him. The margin between his and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity (56%) was only 10 percentage points, while his Rajasthan counterpart Vasundhara Raje came in with 22 percentage points behind Modi. Yet, Chouhan could not prevent the Congress from edging past the BJP in a fierce face-off that went down to the wire, though the powerful BJP satrap engaged the Congress in a fierce duel and kept the premier political party on tenterhooks.
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