A supporter of Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party, waves an Indian flag  next to a cut-out of party leader Arvind Kejriwal during his swearing-in ceremony as chief minister of Delhi in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. The AAP, headed by the former tax official who had remade himself into a champion for clean government, won 67 of the 70 seats in recent elections. Kejriwal and the party he created routed the country's best-funded and best-organized political machine and dealt an embarrassing blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

AAP expected to win 110 out of 182 seats in Gujarat assembly elections

 

AHMEDABAD: It seems that the BJP is set to lose power in home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The saffron party, which has been appearing invincible in Gujarat for around two decades, is all set to lose power in the next assembly elections to be held next year.

This finding came out in a pre-poll survey done by See-Voter, a research group involved in psephology and media consulting. The survey predicts AAP winning 110 seats out of the 182 in the assembly.

BJP, currently enjoying a strength of 117 seats, will be reduced to 63 seats while Congress could win just 9 seats, the survey predicts.

The survey was done in the month of June when the temperature is high and most people stay inside houses to escape heat. This made sure that surveyors could meet maximum number of people, thus reflecting a real opinion.

“Our margin of error will be as low as 0.1% in vote share and 0.05% in seats projected,” Jashwant Desai, the CEO of See-Voter told Junta Ka Reporter.

As expected, AAP has welcomed the findings and claimed that according to an internal survey, the party will win even more seats when elections take place next year.

“This survey was done in June, while Arvind Kejriwal has visited Gujarat in July. We have already seen thousands of BJP supporters joining AAP after seeing Kejriwal in person. By next year, we hope to win around 175 seats,” Jignesh Gala, an AAP worker from Ahmadabad claimed.

Experts also believe that AAP has got a good chance in Gujarat elections, and they could win a majority of its own if Arvind Kejriwal campaigns aggressively in the state.

“People are fed up with both BJP and Congress and they want an alternative. AAP has also promised to remove reservations altogether in Gujarat, thus solving the issue of reservations being demanded by Patels. I will not be surprised if they win 175 seats,” Nimesh Desai, a local journalist said.