Daijiworld Media Network - Bangalore
Bangalore, Dec 13: Congress will be back to power in the state with a clear majority of 115 seats in the coming assembly elections, a survey conducted by C fore (Centre for Forecasting & Research) has revealed.
As per the survey, the ruling BJP will take second place with 58 seats, JD(S) will improve its tally from last elections to 31 seats and Yeddyurappa's KJP will be pushed to a corner with only 14 seats.
The survey conducted by C fore has considered 158 towns and 658 rural places with opinions from 10,279 voters around the state. The survey includes men and women from all castes, religions and age groups.
More number of youth and women have favoured Congress in the survey. Congress is expected to bag 36% of the total votes. Out 224 sitting MLAs, only 85 MLAs are expected to be re-elected this time, while the rest would be rejected by the people.
BJP will be a major loser losing about 60 sitting MLAs.
While 54% of the Lingayat community voters favoured B S Yeddyurappa, only 25% were in favour of BJP. Minorities Muslim and Christians are expected to back Congress strongly this time, along with backward castes. But Vokkaliga voters have shown support to JD(S).
'BJP most corrupt party'
The C fore survey revealed that BJP is the most corrupt party in the state with 40% of the voters saying so! Congress is not far behind at 31& and JD(S) at 7%, which may be of some consolation to H D Kumaraswamy!.
Siddaramaiah most favoured as CM
As many as 19% of the voters want Siddaramaiah as the next chief minister, followed by B S Yeddyurappa (15%) and Mallikarjuna Kharge (12%). Other candidates for the CM post in the survey were S M Krishna at 7%, Sadananda Gowda at 6%, C M Ibrahim at 5%, Jagadish Shettar at 4%, Ananh Kumar at 3%, Dr Parameshwar at 1%.
The complete details of the survey have been published by some leading Kannada dailies in Karnataka