An opinion poll by Times Now has predicted quite a disappointing performance for Arvind Kejril-led Aam Aadmi Party, also known as AAP, in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls. According to the poll survey, broadcast on Wednesday night, AAP will lose three seats in Punjab, while it may open its account in Delhi, where it had won a landslide in 2015 assembly elections.
The AAP had won four parliamentary seats in Punjab in 2014 Lok Sabha polls. But the survey said that the party will only be able to retain one seat in this year’s polls. The Congress, on the other hand is likely to sweep the Lok Sabha polls in the state by possibly winning 12 out of 13 seats. Kejriwal’s party has been in shambles in Punjab after a disappointing performance in the 2017 assembly elections. Several elected MLAs have quit the party alleging an ‘autocratic’ style of leadership by Kejriwal.
In Delhi, however, the Times Now survey said that the AAP may be able to open its account while the remaining six seats are predicted to be won by the BJP. In 2014, the BJP had won all seven seats.
Another bad news for the AAP is from Haryana, where it was hoping to make some inroads. But, according to the Times Now survey, the AAP may fail to win a single seat in the state. Of the 10 seats, the BJP is expected to win eight, one more than its tally in 2014, while the Congress may win two seats, claimed the survey.
Elsewhere, the Times Now poll also predicted a defeat for the BJP in Chandigarh, where Kirron Kher had won in 2014 parliamentary polls.
Overall seats predicted by the survey show that Narendra Modi may not be able to return as the prime minister. It said that the BJP-led NDA will win 252 out of 543 seats, while the Congress-led UPA may emerge victorious on 147 seats. 144 seats, the survey said, may go to non-BJP regional parties.
The BJP is expected to lose 46 seats in Uttar Pradesh, where it had won 73 out of 80 seats five years ago.